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invention

Cynical Definitions

n. The mother of necessity.

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Cynical Quotations

He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination and taxes.

— H. E. Martz

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Getting caught is the mother of invention.

— Robert Byrne

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