Category: Famous Inventors

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci: the original “Renaissance man.”
Born: April 15, 1452
Died: May 2, 1519

People may well ask how we even know that da Vinci was dyslexic. Most modern scholars see da Vinci’s mirror writing as an indication of dyslexia. However, it is unlikely that anyone as creative as da Vinci would not be dyslexic. His ability to design in 3 dimensions and to visualize things that had never been created are clear indications that he had the gift of dyslexia.
Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
And he also knew how to inspire others to greatness.
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

William P Lear

William P Lear: inventor, aviation engineer and aircraft manufacturer.
Born: June 26, 1902
Died: 14 May 1978

One of the unfortunate things about our education system is that we do not teach students how to avail themselves of their subconscious capabilities.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison: American inventor of the incandescent light bulb, phonograph and hundreds of other items.
Born: February 11, 1847
Died: October 18, 1931

Of the many inventors that America has produced in it’s history, perhaps the most famous is Thomas Edison. All of the items we have in our homes somehow trace their existence to an invention of his. It would be no exaggeration to say that, without Edison and his phenomenal creativity, the 21st century would be very different (or, at the very least, darker).

All this in spite of a childhood that saw Edison receiving very little encouragement from his teachers and his father.

My teachers say I’m addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce. I remember that I was never able to get along at school. I was always at the foot of the class.

Fortunately for himself and the rest of the world, Edison was not too concerned about his inability to pay attention and focus on his studies for a long period of time.

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

His early struggles in school taught him that he would have to work hard if he wanted to succeed.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

His determination also outpaced his discouragement throughout his entire life.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh: aviation legend
Born: February 4, 1902
Died: August 26, 1974

Charles Lindbergh, known to the world in adulthood as Lucky Lindy, was not lucky as a child. Classroom studies were difficult as he sought to make sense out of reading and writing. It was only with his father in the outdoors that he was able to learn the lessons of nature and harmony.

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.

When he finally took up flying he knew that he had found his true calling.

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.

After his young son was kidnapped and murdered, many thought Lindy would never recover. However, he went on with his life and plans, even remaining optimistic about the future.

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers
Born August 19, 1871
Died January 30, 1948
Born April 16, 1867
Died May 30, 1912

Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!

For Orville and Wilbur Wright, there always seemed to be secrets just waiting to be discovered. From the time their father brought home a toy helicopter (which they played with, dismantled and copied) to their success at Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers just kept finding new things to build.

We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity.

It was very important that they had such a home environment because school was a different matter. They were not good students in school. Though strong in theoretical problems, their weakness in reading and writing was an ongoing source of difficulty. Tending toward trouble and mischief that got them expelled more than once, they both dropped out of high school without graduating.

If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance

Their curiosity and drive secured their places in aviation history.

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

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