December 1, 2016

Thomas Edison Quotes

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

“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!”

“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.”

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

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

“I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”

“I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe.”

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”

“I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

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

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

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“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.”

“I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.”

“I start where the last man left off.”

“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

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

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

“It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.”

“It is very beautiful over there!”

“Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.”

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

“My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.”

“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.”

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

“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.”

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

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

“Religion is all bunk.”

“Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.”

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

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

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”

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

“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

“There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.”

“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.”

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

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

“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

“To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.”

“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.”

“What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”

“When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”

“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”