Edwin Land Quotes

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Edwin Land Quotes

[A Polaroid camera] places before you a thing that is more of the thing than the thing was.
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An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

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The world is like a fertile field that's waiting to be harvested. The seeds have been planted, and what I do is go out and help plant more seeds and harvest them.

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I submit to you that when in each man the dream of personal greatness dies, democracy loses the real source of its future strength.

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In this country, there is an opportunity for the development of man's intellectual, cultural, and spiritual potentialities that has never existed before in the history of our species. I mean not simply an opportunity for greatness for a few, but an opportunity for greatness for the many.

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If you sense a deep human need, then you go back to all the basic science. If there is some missing, then you try to do more basic science and applied science until you get it. So you make the system to fulfill that need, rather than starting the other way around, where you have something and wonder what to do with it.

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The role of science is to be systematic, to be accurate, to be orderly, but it certainly is not to imply that the aggregated, successful hypotheses of the past have the kind of truth that goes into a number system.

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Don't do anything that someone else can do.

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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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We have to keep in practice like musicians. Besides, there are still potentialities to be realized in color film. To us, it's just like bringing up a child. You don't stop after you've had it.

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I believe quite simply that the small company of the future will be as much a research organization as it is a manufacturing company.

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This is the most exciting part of being human. It is using our brains in the highest way. Otherwise we are just healthy animals

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A mistake is an event, the full benefit of which has not yet been turned to your advantage.

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You think that the only thing that counts is the bottom line! What a presumptuous thing to say. The bottom line is in heaven.

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Colour is always a consequence, never a cause.

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If this is preparation for life, where in the world, where in the relationship with our colleagues, where in the industrial domain, where ever again, anywhere in life, is a person given this curious sequence of prepared talks and prepared questions, questions to which the answers are known?

— Edwin Land

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