Top 20 Quotes to Inspire Innovation & Invention in 2020

February 2020

Innovation and invention is vital to what we do and how we operate. 

The terms “innovation” and “invention” get thrown around a lot, especially as we make our way into another digital revolution.

The Oxford Dictionary definitions of each are:

is to “make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”

 Origin: mid 16th century: from Latin innovat- ‘renewed, altered’, from the verb innovare, from in- ‘into’ + novare ‘make new’ (from novus ‘new’).

is to “create or design (something that has not existed before); be the originator of.”

Origin: late 15th century (in the sense ‘find out, discover’): from Latin invent- ‘contrived, discovered’, from the verb invenire, from in- ‘into’ + venire ‘come’.

Quotes on Innovation

“Innovation is the calling card of the future.”

Anna Eshoo

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

Brene Brown

“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.”

Steven Johnson

“Once you start innovating, KEEP innovating – make it too expensive for the competition to catch up.”

Josh Chesney

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”

Milan Kundera

“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.”

Margaret Heffernan

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

William Pollard 

“A disruptive innovation is a technologically simple innovation in the form of a product, service, or business model that takes root in a tier of the market that is unattractive to the established leaders in an industry.”

Clayton M. Christensen

“Innovation requires an experimental mindset.”

Denise Morrison

“Ultimately, progress and innovation win.”

Travis Kalanick

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Steve Jobs
“Innovation comes from the producer – not from the customer.”

W. Edwards Deming

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd.
Without innovation, it is a corpse.” 

Winston Churchill

“Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you feel the impact.”

Barack Obama

Quotes on Invention

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation.
In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

J.K. Rowling

“If you have always done it that way,
it is probably wrong.”

Charles Kettering

“What is now proved
was once only imagined.”

William Blake

“We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” 

Albert Einstein


The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.

Jean Piaget

“I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

Jeff Bezos

At Dauntless, we do both, innovate and invent. We help improve people’s quality of life by creating new, and improving existing digital solutions. Whether a website or custom built app, we invent digital tools and products in order to help people become more productive and efficient so they have greater capacity to focus on what’s important. If people can focus on what’s important, they can have a greater impact on their workplace, their families, and possibly the world.

We believe that by inventing and investing in innovation, we can collectively impact the world for good. Contact us to see how we can help your organisation make a bigger impact.

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