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Edwin Land Quotes

If you are able to state a problem, then the problem can be solved.
Edwin Land

An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin Land

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
Edwin Land

Market research is what you do when your product isn’t any good.
Edwin Land

The bottom line is in heaven!
To shareholder worried about company bottom line, Edwin Land

Now, partly that was work, and partly that was brains, but very largely it was having the guts, the guts to be immodest in the right way.
Edwin Land

Politeness is the slow poison of collaboration.
Edwin Land

One of the best ways to keep a great secret is to shout it.
Edwin Land

You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do.
Edwin Land

My whole life has been spent trying to teach people that intense concentration for hour after hour can bring out in people resources they didn’t know they had.
Edwin Land

Don’t do anything that someone else can do.
Edwin Land

Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.
Edwin Land

You always start with a fantasy.
Edwin Land

Industry is best at the intersection of science and art.
Edwin Land

An invention that is quickly accepted will turn out to be a rather trivial alteration of something that has already existed.
Edwin Land

He will grow happy helping other people in his field, and to that field he will add things that would not have been added, had he not come along.
Edwin Land

Our society is changing so rapidly that none of us can know what it is or where it is going.
Edwin Land

The most important thing about power is to make sure you don’t have to use it.
Edwin Land

We have not found anti-intellectualism a problem at the Polaroid Corporation, except in the very initial state of penetration. It only takes a day to change someone from an anti-intellectual to an intellectual by persuading him that he might be one!
Edwin Land

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.
Edwin Land