78 Innovation Quotes

Innovation has been defined by countless business types to mean something very similar to what Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, states as, "meaning a new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method. Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs."

The aforementioned definitions of innovation while applied to the business world can also be applied to the individual person. This is the person who decides that to introduce change into their personal equation depends on their reinvention, or innovation relative to their own attributes; that is how they respond to issues; how they handle stress; or how they integrate a modality of expectations into their real personality without causing harm, grief or upset to their own psychic nature.

And, while all of these various definitions may have merit, it is also wise to consider what you mean by innovation in understanding that it may be more an individually subjective rather than an objective viewpoint. There’s no exact science to explain where your next idea may come from, however, it may simply be the reading of one quote, or unique saying, or some other type of message that may just be your trigger. So, read on and see what thoughts unfold today.


  1. You can't test the waters of a new design by keeping your foot dry. Every new invention requires risk. Only that which has been is thought to be reinvented by fools.
    Theodore W. Higgingsworth

  2. Do not adorn the walls of progress with all that has been accomplished by others but, instead, create a brand new wall that stands as the exact opposite of what came before.
    Rosy Lee Anderson

  3. If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve.
    Jeff Bezos

  4. If you’re going to inspire employees to achieve success, you must first and foremost build a lasting and healthy working relationship with each of them. To accomplish this, get to know each employee on a professional and personal level.
    Sylvia Melena

  5. The best creation I've ever been part of, the best change of attitude I've seen, and the most progressive and lasting renovation is the one called "me".
    Byron R. Pulsifer


  6. It takes courage to teach, to lead, to serve, to heal, to speak up, to stand out, to look inward, to right wrongs.
    Shelly L. Francis

  7. The valiant are the ones who bring change, get to the bottom of problems, seek solutions and lead us into the future. They make us bigger than ourselves. They exude confidence and trust. They make us part of a larger picture and bring out the best in each of us.
    Emilio Iodice

  8. To live into the future means to leap into the unknown, and this requires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize.
    Rollo May

  9. I believe you already have everything you need inside of you. You are good enough the way you are. You’ve simply learned ideas that keep you from living up to your full potential.
    Henri Junttila

  10. A motivated, reliable team of volunteers is not something that just happens ... Recruiting is the key to an effective volunteer program because how you recruit your volunteers affects the kind of relationship you are going to have with them.
    Sunny Fader

  11. Recognize things you can control. Identify things you cannot. Strengthen things that you can. Accept what you cannot.
    S. I. Wells


  12. There isn’t a single person out there who doesn’t wish to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. Making this goal a reality involves learning how to use your own mind to benefit you, instead of allowing yourself to be sabotaged by negative habits.
    Brian Cagneey

  13. It is what often lies buried deep within the subconscious that ultimately reveals what lies ahead to be born afresh.
    Robert Rivers

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  14. Let the spirit of your work be right, and whether your task be great or small you will then have the satisfaction of knowing it is worth while.
    Grenville Kleiser

  15. Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence.
    Satya Sai Baba

  16. Being greatest lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
    Henry Ward Beecher

  17. Belief creates the actual fact.
    William James


  18. Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.
    Richard Bach

  19. You are the best appraiser of your own life and no one will value your life like you. You must value your own accomplishments and believe in your own ability to be the best.
    Rana Timóteo

  20. Take control of your happiness. Learn how to make the decisions that will continue to elevate your mind and your spirit.
    Jason Harvey

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  21. I’ve never lived my life in the opinion of others.
    Angelina Jolie

  22. ... to become a memorable conversationalist, mastering the art of non-verbal communication is, at the very least, as important as the actual words.
    George Hutton

  23. I have also learned that the ability to see light within the darkness creates a world of wide-open, heart-bursting possibility.
    Cyndie Spiegel


  24. Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values.
    Jim Rohn

  25. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
    Goethe

  26. Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble.
    Zen proverb

  27. The greater the contrast, the greater the potential. Great energy only comes from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.
    Carl Jung

  28. We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re certain it wasn’t a fish.
    John Culkin

  29. I will act as if what I do will make a difference.
    William James


  30. If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
    Charles Kettering

  31. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
    Brene Brown

  32. If you can dream it, you can do it.
    Walt Disney

  33. Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
    Helen Keller

  34. You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.
    Albert Einstein

  35. Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.
    Richelle Mead


  36. Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
    Miles Davis

  37. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.
    Carl Jung

  38. There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.
    Victor Hugo

  39. History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.
    Chuck Palahniuk

  40. If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
    Clarence Darrow

  41. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
    John Steinbeck


  42. To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.
    Anatole France

  43. Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.
    Robin Sharma

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  44. It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.
    Charles Peguy

  45. There’s no good idea that cannot be improved on.
    Michael Eisner

  46. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
    Anais Nin

  47. Chance favors the connected mind.
    Steven Johnson


  48. We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.
    Thomas Edison

  49. The best vision is insight.
    Malcolm Forbes

  50. Genius is infinite painstaking.
    Michelangelo

  51. Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.
    Sukant Ratnakar

  52. Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude.
    Goethe

  53. Be a Columbus smell the fragrance of the new lands and discover them.
    Amit Ray

  54. Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together, go to the making of genius. Love, Love, Love. That is the soul of genius.
    Mozart

  55. Remember that every successful idea has a life cycle, and a bad idea yesterday might be reformed under changing market forces as a good idea tomorrow.
    Ken Goldstein


  56. Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.
    Tom Freston

  57. What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.
    Simon Sinek

  58. As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
    Francis Bacon

  59. There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.
    Edward de Bono

  60. In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
    Eric Hoffer

  61. Everybody has a 1,000-horsepower mind; the trouble is they only use about 1 horsepower.
    George Prince

  62. Innovation by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires ' courageous patience'.
    Warren Bennis

  63. Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.
    Bill Gates

  64. The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.
    W. Arthur Porter

  65. I believe in being an innovator.
    Walt Disney

  66. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
    Charles Darwin

  67. Live out your imagination, not your history.
    Stephen Covey

  68. Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
    Theodore Levitt

  69. Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.
    Ted Levitt

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  70. If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
    Woody Allen

  71. There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
    Niccolo Machiavelli

  72. If you want to be more creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.
    Jean Piaget

  73. If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
    Yogi Berra

  74. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
    Edward de Bono

  75. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
    Francis Bacon
  76. Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  77. This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is of no value to us.
    Western Union Internal Memo, 1876

  78. Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.
    Nolan Bushnell


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