There’s nothing new under the sun. There’s no such thing as an original idea. It’s all been done before. Etc, etc. We’re all familiar with those throwaway platitudes, the classic cynics’ catchphrase analysis – usually of an initiative in which they’ve had no involvement.
But those phrases are rooted in a statement made by a man who began his working life as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi. What he actually said was: “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations”