I pressed down the mental accelerator. The old lemon throbbed fiercely. I got an idea.

P.G. Wodehouse (1881 – 1975), English writer of comic novels, short stories and musical theatre.

Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.

Lord Kelvin, president, The Royal Society, 1895

A ground-breaking investigation of British musicians found that the top performers had learnt no faster than who those who had reached lower levels of attainment… The difference was simply that the top performers had practiced more hours.

Matthew Syed, in his new book, “Bounce: How Champions Are Made”

Research shows that in business, as in Hollywood, nine out of ten new ideas fail and the key to finding a workable one is to maximize creative output, then weed out the duds as quickly as possible. Call it the Picasso principle.

Giles Whittell, journalist, writing in The Times (of London)