If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently... to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.
My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done. You can be sincere and still be stupid.
Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.
All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.
There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.
Learn how to fail intelligently.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.
Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
99 percent of success is built on failure.
I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.
The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.
People see the wrongness in an idea much quicker that the rightness.
One of the things we have to be thankful for is that we don't get as much government as we pay for.
We work day after day, not to finish things; but to make the future better ... because we will spend the rest of our lives there.
We are just in the kindergarten of uncovering things; there is no downcurve in science.
Research means that you don't know, but are willing to find out.
The difference between intelligence and an education is this: that intelligence will make a good living for you, but education won't do much for you at all.
The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.
A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.
It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.
If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.
The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.
One fails forward toward success.
There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
The wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.
Education is man's going forward from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty.Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier.
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
We have reason not to be afraid of the machine, for there is always constructive change, the enemy of machines, making them change to fit new conditions.
I often say that research is a way of finding out what you are going to do when you can't keep on doing what you are doing now.
Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
The sure ways to create new ventures of discovery are to keep an open mind.