10 Top Quotes on The Value of Innovation

Innovation Quotes

Merriam-Webster defines the word “innovation” in two ways.

  1. the introduction of something new
  2. a new idea, method, or device

The word can either refer to the process of coming up with something new, or it can refer specifically to the final product. It is creation, or it is completion.

I like the idea of innovation referring to a completed process. It implies the intersection of creativity and the hard work necessary to see an idea through to the end. Sometimes, only a small portion of the creative process is in the idea-generation phase. It’s the building of the idea, the “figuring out” how to actually create what came at a moment of inspiration that truly defines the value of the completed item.

With the definition in mind, let’s take a look at ten top quotes on innovation.

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

– William Pollard

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

– Steve Jobs

“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 (Amazon founder)

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”

– Theodore Levitt

“Innovation almost always is not successful the first time out. You try something and it doesn’t work, and it takes confidence to say we haven’t failed yet.”

– Clayton Christensen

“From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it’s a to-do list.”

-– Ben Arment

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

– Ray Bradbury

“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.”

– Bill Gates

“The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”

– Thomas Watson, (IBM founder)

“Innovation— any new idea—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

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  1. michaelwroberts says

    @deniseurena Jonah Lehrman was the first author I read to really distinguish the concept phase and the work phase. Both take loads of creative ability, but getting it done is a completely different skill.

  2. suresh_mari says

    Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game.- Bill Gates. Read more Innovation quotes http://thequotes.net/2012/11/innovation-quotes/