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Edwin Land Quotes & Sayings
21 entries tagged including 5 subtopics.
Last updated May 2020
Edwin Land Topics
I have long aspired to make our company a noble prototype of industry, penetrating in science, reliable in engineering, creative in aesthetics and wholesomely prosperous in economics.
A significant invention must be startling, unexpected. It must come to a world that is not prepared for it.
Do not undertake the program unless the goal is manifestly important and its achievement nearly impossible.
This is the most exciting part of being human. It is using our brains in the highest way. Otherwise we are just healthy animals.
Fifty years after we undertook to make the first synthetic polarizers we find them the essential layer in digital liquid-crystal. And thirty four years after we undertook to make the first instant camera and film, our kind of photography has become ubiquitous.
Do not do anything that anyone else can do readily.
Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room.
An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.
A premature attempt to explain something that thrills you will destroy your perceptivity rather than increase it, because your tendency will be to explain away rather than seek out.
Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself
Politeness is the poison of collaboration
The most important thing about power is to make sure you don't have to use it.
Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself.
Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
Marketing is what you do when your product is no good.
Its not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.
If you dream of something worth doing and then simply go to work on it and don't think anything of personalities, or emotional conflicts, or of money, or of family distractions; it is amazing how quickly you get through those 5,000 steps.
Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity.
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
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