It's not that we need new ideas, but we need to stop having old ideas.
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
My motto is very personal and may not fit anyone else or any other company. It is: Don't do anything that someone else can do. Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
Marketing is what you do when your product is no good.
[The Polaroid camera is] a system that will be a partner in perception, enabling us to see the objects in the world around us more vividly than we can see them without it, a system to be an aid to memory and a tool for exploration.
A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not yet been turned to your advantage.
The process must be concealed from - non-existent for - the photographer, who by definition need think of the art in the taking and not in the making photographs... In short, all that should be necessary to get a good picture is to take a good picture.
We can be dramatic, even theatrical; we can be persuasive; but the message we are telling must be true.
Someone is going to make your product obsolete. Make sure it's you.
We live in a world changing so rapidly that what we mean frequently by common sense is doing the thing that would have been right last year.
Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself.
You always start with a fantasy. Part of the fantasy technique is to visualize something as perfect. Then with the experiments you work back from the fantasy to reality, hacking away at the components.
Any problem can be solved as long as it is stated properly.
You must expect failure after failure after failure before you succeed.
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
There is no such thing as group originality, group creativity or group perspicacity.
Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Over the years, I have learned that every significant invention has several characteristics. By definition it must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.
There's a rule they don't teach you at Harvard Business School. It is: If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess.
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.
An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.
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.
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