Thomas Edison
Quotations


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

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.

From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.

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

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

I am inclined to think that the percentage of crooked people was smaller when I was young. It has been steadily rising, and has got up to a very respectable figure now. I hope it will never reach par.

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.

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

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.

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

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

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

I was always afraid of things that worked the first time. Long experience proved that there were great drawbacks found generally before they could be got commercial.

If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.

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

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

Life's most soothing things are a child's goodnight and sweet music.

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

Most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.

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

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 chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.

The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.

The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.

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

Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.

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

What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.

You can't realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.



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