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"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different."
     - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

"If the going is easy, beware! You may be going downhill."
     - Greg Taunt

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
     - Chinese Proverb

"There is nothing so wasteful as doing with great efficiency that which doesn't have to be done at all."
     - Anonymous

"A problem well-stated is a problem half-solved."
     - John Dewey

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
     - Will Rogers

"Do or do not, there is no try."
     - Yoda (Empire Strikes Back)

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
     - Charles Mingus

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
     - Aristotle

"I'm not young enough to know everything."
     - J. M. Barrie

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open."
     - Alexander Graham Bell

"You can observe a lot by watching."
     - Yogi Berra

"The analysis of data will not by itself produce new ideas."
     - Edward de Bono

"How many of you do your best thinking and get your most creative ideas at work? When we ask people in our groups this question, no one ever raises their hand. "
     - Robert Kriegel and David Brandt (from "Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers")

"An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate."
     - Francois Rene Chateaubriand

"One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."
     - G. K. Chesterton
"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information."
     - Winston Churchill

"Great opportunity is usually disguised as unsolvable problems."
     - Gretchen G. Clement

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand."
     - Confucius

"There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something."
     - Trammell Crow

"When asked what single event was most helpful in developing the Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein replied, "Figuring out how to think about the problem."

"Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable 2) Everybody resists change."
     - W. Edwards Deming

"Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist."
     - Thomas Disch

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
     - Peter Drucker

"There's a way to do it better...find it."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work."
     - Thomas Edison

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research would it?"
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of eighteen."
"The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science."
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas."
     - Albert Einstein

"Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right."
"The more you think, the more time you have."
     - Henry Ford

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
     - André Gide

"It's not where we stand but in what direction we are moving."
     - Goethe

"In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Simonton found that the most respected produced not only more great works, but also more "bad" ones. They produced. Period."
     - Doug Hall

"Man's mind stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions."
     - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
     - Grace Hopper

"The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity."
     - Victor Hugo

"The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."
"If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it."
"My interest is in the future, because I'm going to spend the rest of my life there." 
     - Charles Kettering

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."
     - Dr. Edwin Land

"Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."
     - Vince Lombardi

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."
     - A. A. Milne

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
     - Pablo Picasso

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
     - Darrell Royal

"Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true -- but it's father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife."
     - Jonathan Schattke

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists, But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!"
     - Arthur Schnabel

"There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions."
     - Charles Steinmetz

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few."
     - Shunryu Suzuki

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different."
     - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

"Your questions indicate the depth of your belief. Look at the depth of your questions."
     - John & Lyn St. Clair Thomas

"A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds."
     - Mark Twain

"If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either."
     - Unknown

"The mind is like a parachute - it only works when it is open."
     - Unknown

"The "silly question" is the first intimation of some totally new development."
     - Alfred North Whitehead

"Business has only two basic functions-marketing and innovation."
     - Peter Drucker

"He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator."
     - Francis Bacon

"Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics."
     - Coco Chanel

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

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first."
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
     - Robert F. Kennedy

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."
     - D. Lloyd George

"Risk and reward travel side by side. Avoid one, and the other will also pass you by."
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is."
     - Unknown

"If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room."
"The spirit of the age is filled with disdain for thinking."
     - Albert Schweitzer

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail."
     - Abraham Maslow

"The obscure we see eventually. The completely apparent takes longer."
     - E. R. Murrow

"The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions."
     - Antony Jay

"Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour, springs and germinates no more."
     - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
     - Howard Aiken

"The future is arriving much more quickly than it used to."
"Change is not the same as war, but it can feel like it."
"It is extremely important that you show some insensitivity to your past in order to show the proper respect for the future."
     - Roberto Goizueta, CEO, Coca-Cola.

"Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing economy."
     - Unknown

"The paradox of change is that it's ridiculously easy to initiate, but very difficult to guide so that it accomplishes what you had in mind in the first place!"
     - Unknown

"When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: "My dear, we live in an age of transition.""
     - W. R. Inge Dean of St. Paul's, London

"Humans so crave control that they will choose dysfunction over ambiguity."
     - Unknown

"Education makes machines which act like men and produces men who act like machines."
     - Erich Fromm: German-US psychoanalyst

"At a computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 mi/gal." ... "General Motors gave this response "Yes, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?"

"Most companies know exactly what to do in a recession: cut costs. Recovery requires more imagination."
     - Unknown

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge."
     - Daniel Boorstin

"The world hates change and loves progress… I have tried progress without change and it doesn’t work as well."
     - Unknown

"Martin Luther King said "I have a dream", not "I have a plan.""
     - Unknown