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Quotes By Thomas Edison

Date of Birth: February 11, 1847    Date of Death: October 18, 1931

Thomas A. Edison may very well be the greatest inventor of all time.  He only spent a few short months in a school environment because his inquisitive mind and quirky ways caused his teacher to be frustrated with the child.  After being home schooled by his mother, he used his perseverance and unique way of learning to teach himself what he wanted to know.  Through trial and error Thomas Edison invented many useful things such as the light bulb.



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


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


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


Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.


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


What you are will show in what you do.


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


Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul.


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


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


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


There is no substitute for hard work.


I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.


There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.


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.


Vision without execution is hallucination.


Discontent is the first necessity of progress.


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.


There's a way to do it better - find it.


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.


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


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


The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.


The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.


I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.


When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.


Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.



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