Thomas A. Edison Quotes

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Born: February 11, 1847, Milan, Ohio, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: West Orange, New Jersey, USA, October 18, 1931
Occupation: Inventor

1.
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
- Thomas A. Edison

2.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
- Thomas A. Edison

3.
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.
- Thomas A. Edison

4.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
- Thomas A. Edison

5.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison

6.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
- Thomas A. Edison

7.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

8.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas A. Edison

9.
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.
- Thomas A. Edison

10.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
- Thomas A. Edison

11.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
- Thomas A. Edison

12.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
- Thomas A. Edison

13.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
- Thomas A. Edison

14.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas A. Edison

15.
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.
- Thomas A. Edison

16.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas A. Edison

17.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

18.
Religion is all bunk.
- Thomas A. Edison

19.
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
- Thomas A. Edison

20.
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
- Thomas A. Edison

21.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
- Thomas A. Edison

22.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
- Thomas A. Edison

23.
The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
- Thomas A. Edison

24.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
- Thomas A. Edison

25.
There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas A. Edison

26.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
- Thomas A. Edison

27.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
- Thomas A. Edison

28.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
- Thomas A. Edison

29.
To my mind the old masters are not art their value is in their scarcity.
- Thomas A. Edison

30.
Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
- Thomas A. Edison

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