Careful Words

invention (n.)

  Sheer necessity,—the proper parent of an art so nearly allied to invention.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816): The Critic. Act i. Sc. 2.

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend

The brightest heaven of invention!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry V. Prologue.

  Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. p. 116.

  Necessity, the mother of invention.

George Farquhar (1678-1707): The Twin Rivals. Act i.

A weak invention of the enemy.

Colley Cibber (1671-1757): Richard III. (altered). Act v. Sc. 3.

Where Young must torture his invention

To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745): Poetry, a Rhapsody.