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Quotes of the Day for 31 July 2003 – Invention

The US Patent Office opened on this day in 1790 and issued its very first patent to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new process to make potash. In 1877, Thomas Edison was granted a US patent for the phonograph. And though it was later overturned because Tesla had published first, Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent on a "wireless telegraph" on this day in 1897. Today's theme is Invention.

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The quotes:

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
     - Agatha Christie, 1890 - 1976

I think that anyone who comes upon a Nautilus machine suddenly will agree with me that its prototype was clearly invented at some time in history when torture was considered a reasonable alternative to diplomacy.
     - Anna Quindlin

Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.
     - Charles F. Kettering, 1876 - 1958

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
     - Nikola Tesla, 1856 - 1943

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
     - Thomas Alva Edison, 1847 - 1931


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