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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Innovation

Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

Anon

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken, computer scientist (1899–73), quoted in Portraits in Silicon by Robert Slater (1989)

If you think of [opportunity] in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon (1964–)

Do you realise if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?

Al Boliska, radio presenter (1942–72) ...

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