In 1874, he and Bell were running a neck-and-neck race to see who could first invent
a musical telegraph-- when, presto!
But there is one hypothesis that would suit me better than all the others, which is, the Selenites, being older than we, are wiser, and have not invented
all that to escape my master's scolding, and not with any intention of hurting him; and if it has turned out differently, there is a God in heaven who judges our hearts."
'Yes,' he said, 'but I've invented
a better one than that--like a sugar loaf.
For although they were not good at inventing anything, they were very good at taking what others had invented
and making it better.
Not very long ago some one invented
the assertion that there were only "Four Hundred" people in New York City who were really worth noticing.
- "May it please your Majesty, I have invented
a rifle that discharges lightning."
This would not have been possible had not some clever man invented
the "wireless" and an equally clever child suggested the idea of reaching the mysterious Land of Oz by its means.
"It was called the Powder of Life," was the answer; "and it was invented
by a crooked Sorcerer who lived in the mountains of the North Country.
It is generally asserted that gunpowder was invented
in the fourteenth century by the monk Schwartz, who paid for his grand discovery with his life.
Next come the recognitions invented
at will by the poet, and on that account wanting in art.
The palace of crystal may be an idle dream, it may be that it is inconsistent with the laws of nature and that I have invented
it only through my own stupidity, through the old-fashioned irrational habits of my generation.