|S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.|
| Invention is a kind of muse, which, being possessed of the other advantages common to her sisters, and being warmed by the fire of Apollo, is raised higher than the rest.|| 1|
| Whatever praises may be given to works of judgment, there is not even a single beauty in them to which the invention must not contribute.|
| Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory. Nothing can be made of nothing: he who has laid up no materials can produce no combinations.|
Sir Joshua Reynolds.
| It appears, therefore, that improvements in the arts are properly called inventions.|