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Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.

This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor.

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor.


Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best --make it all up --but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity -- gunpowder and romantic love.

André Maurois (1885-1967) French writer.

A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.

Francis Picabia (1878-1953) French painter, and poet.

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.