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Thomas Edison Quotes

Thomas Edison is an iconic American scientist and entrepeneur

On Invention, Work

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.

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

I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work

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

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

I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Great ideas originate in the muscles

My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions.... The dove is my emblem.... I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it.... I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill....

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.

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.

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.

A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another

I am not overly impressed by the great names and reputations of those who might be trying to beat me to an invention.... Its their 'ideas' that appeal to me. I am quite correctly described as 'more of a sponge than an inventor....'

I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work.

Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.

Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.

Thomas Edison Miscellaneous Quotes

We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.

The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.

They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.

What you are will show in what you do