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Quotes of invent

  1. People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. – Warren G. Bennis
  2. I write synopses after the book is completed. I can't write it beforehand, because I don't know what the book's about. I invent something for my publisher because he asks for one, but the final book ends up very differently. – Jackie Collins
  3. We used to speak familiarly of an agent, now do more, who was accustomed to manufacture evidence, and to invent facts in his cases, or at least to alter the aspects of facts to such an extent that they might fairly be viewed as new. – George Combe
  4. Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don't. But you can learn how to invent – Ray Dolby
  5. It frequently happens that two persons, reasoning right on a mechanical subject, think alike and invent the same thing without any communication with each other. – Oliver Evans
  6. If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another... after the war is on. – Robert M. La Follette
  7. We can invent only with memory. – Alphonse Karr
  8. I have a sense that many Americans, especially those like me with European or foreign parents, feel they have to invent their families just as they have to invent themselves. – Philip Levine
  9. To invent is to discern, to choose. – Henri Poincare
  10. In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. – Carl Sagan
  11. Could I interrupt here, because there is an alternative explanation, which you are particularly well placed to examine. You know the argument that it is the alchemists in the laboratories who invent the sweet new kits. – E. P. Thompson
  12. If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. – Voltaire
  13. After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. – Edith Wharton

Usage examples for invent

  1. You will not be required to appear in the sublime presence before to- morrow afternoon, and will therefore have plenty of time to invent one." ” – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  2. “ " I know no such thing," said Mrs. Margaret, " and if the Romans say so, I account it only another of their many lies; and I wonder they are not ashamed to invent tales so derogotary to the honour of him they call their head!" ” – Shanty the Blacksmith; A Tale of Other Times by Mrs. Sherwood [AKA: Mrs. Mary Martha Sherwood]
  3. There is probably no excuse which it would be possible to invent which a dentist has not already heard eighty or ninety times. ” – Love Conquers All by Robert C. Benchley
  4. “ " You seem so anxious that there should be a duel, that I should almost be tempted to invent an account of one, lest you should be too grievously disappointed," returned the diplomatist. ” – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  5. She would have to invent one for herself- " Yes!" ” – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  6. If you can keep your promise without loss or inconvenience to yourself, then do it by all means; but if you cannot, invent some excuse and get out of it. ” – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  7. It is a far- fetched jest, my Blanche; can you invent no better? ” – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  8. Whoever it wrought, and first did invent it He shall, I warrant him, ere long repent it! ” – Gammer Gurton's Needle by Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  9. “ " If I had a head like that I could invent machines, too," grumbled Don, feeling of his round little head in disgust. ” – The Blue Birds' Winter Nest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  10. And for her sake I shall invent some new folly. ” – King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays by Floyd Dell
  11. “ " Oh," said Rosalind, suddenly taking the words out of Miss Day's mouth, " when did you invent this little fiction?" ” – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  12. He said: 'Did I expect him to invent a taxi when there wasn't one? ” – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  13. One would suppose it was easier to tell what had occurred, than to invent something which had not occurred. ” – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  14. So it was; I could not invent facts like these. ” – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  15. Anybody who can invent a time machine would have to be a genius. ” – The Old Die Rich by Horace Leonard Gold
  16. “ I would not, for the sake of thrilling you with horror, invent so terrible a scene. ” – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  17. But what excuse could she invent – Fromont and Risler, Complete by Alphonse Daudet Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  18. From that time forth I considered that to invent a story of any kind was a sin. ” – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  19. If, therefore, the Selenites have existed for thousands of centuries- if their brains are organised like that of human beings- they have invented all that we have invented, already, and even what we shall only invent in the lapse of centuries. ” – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  20. “ " I've always thought that when the right one came I'd never give in the faintest bit till I had put him to every test and task and delay I could invent – Kincaid's Battery by George W. Cable

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