Thomas A Edison Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

This problem, once solved, will be simple. Thomas A Edison

Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Thomas A Edison

The greatest discoveries will be along spiritual lines. This is the field where miracles are going to happen. Spiritual power is the greatest underdeveloped power and has the greatest future. Thomas A Edison

That is to say, under the old way any time we wish to add to the national wealth we are compelled to add to the national debt. Now, that is what Henry Ford wants to prevent. He thinks it is stupid, and so do I, that for the loan of $30,000,000 of their own money the people of the United States should be compelled to pay $66,000,000 - that is what it amounts to, with interest. Thomas A Edison

I failed my way to success. Thomas A Edison

The only thing I use my body for is to carry my brain around. Thomas A Edison

Being busy does not always mean real work. Thomas A Edison

What is a college? An institute of learning. What is a business? An institute of learning. Life, itself, is an institute of learning. Thomas A Edison

Never be discouraged, because every wrong turn attempt, when left behind you, is another step forward taking you closer to your goals. Thomas A Edison

To get a great idea, come up with lots of them. Thomas A Edison

My main purpose in life is to make money so I can afford to go on creating more inventions.... Thomas A Edison

I love great music and art, but I think 'cubist' songs and paintings are hideous. Thomas A Edison

When there's no experimenting there's no progress. Stop experimenting and you go backward. If anything goes wrong, experiment until you get to the very bottom of the trouble. Thomas A Edison

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

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. Thomas A Edison


For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction - faith in fiction is a damnable false hope. Thomas A Edison

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge. Thomas A Edison

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand - without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it.... Thomas A Edison

X-rays ... I am afraid of them. I stopped experimenting with them two years ago, when I came near to losing my eyesight and Dally, my assistant practically lost the use of both of his arms. Thomas A Edison

I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life - our desire to go on living - our dread of coming to an end. Thomas A Edison

The entity that gives life and motion to the human body is finer still and lies infinitely beyond the reach of our finest scientific instruments. When this entity deserts the body, the body is like a ship without a rudder - deserted, motionless, dead. Thomas A Edison

The stomach is the only part of man which can be fully satisfied. The yearning of man's brain for new knowledge and experience and for more pleasant and comfortable surroundings never can be completely met. It is an appetite which cannot be appeased. Thomas A Edison

I am a vegetarian as well as a passionate anti-alcoholic, because I can thus make better use of my brain. Thomas A Edison

Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! Any other bright-minded fellow can accomplish just as much if he will stick like hell and remember nothing that's any good works by itself. You've got to make the damn thing work!...I failed my way to success. Thomas A Edison

I didn't fail ten thousand times. I successfully eliminated, ten thousand times, materials and combinations which wouldn't work. Thomas A Edison

The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world. Thomas A Edison

I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt. Thomas A Edison

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. Thomas A Edison

I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us. Thomas A Edison

A teacher sent the following note home with a six-year-old boy 'He is too stupid to learn.' That boy was Thomas A. Edison. Thomas A Edison

The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation. Thomas A Edison

There is no limit to which a man will not go to avoid thinking. Thomas A Edison

It is a terrible situation when the Government, to insure the National Wealth, must go in debt and submit to ruinous interest charges, at the hands of men, who control the fictitious value of gold. Interest is the invention of Satan. Thomas A Edison

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition. Thomas A Edison

They were not failures, they were new found ways of what does not work "I can accept failure,everyonefails at something. But I can't accept not trying Thomas A Edison

Remember, life is all what you focus on. Learn lessons and keep moving forward towards your goals and dreams... "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas A Edison

There is a better way to do it - Find it! Thomas A Edison

Baseball is the greatest of American games. Some say football, but it is my firm belief, and it shall always be, that baseball has no superior. Thomas A Edison

Consider data without prejudice. Thomas A Edison

I've realized that most of my best ideas have followed a good night's sleep. Thomas A Edison

Youth doesn't take advice. Thomas A Edison

The brain can be developed just the same as the muscles can be developed, if on will only take the pains to train the mind to think. Thomas A Edison

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy-sun, wind and tide. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. Thomas A Edison

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

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. Thomas A Edison

I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it. I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. The dove is my emblem. Thomas A Edison

If I had not had so much ambition and not tried to do so many things, I probably would have been happier, but less useful. Thomas A Edison

Great ideas originate in the muscles. Thomas A Edison

I start where the last man left off. Thomas A Edison

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. Thomas A Edison

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning. Thomas A Edison

The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child. Thomas A Edison

Before you reject an idea, find at least five good things about it. Thomas A Edison

Direct thought is not an attribute of feminity. In this, women are now centuries behind man. Thomas A Edison

Most of my ideas belonged to other people who never bothered to develop them. Thomas A Edison

Fooling around with alternating currents is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. It's too dangerous . . . it could kill a man as quick as a bolt of lightning. Direct current is safe. Thomas A Edison

I know of over 3,000 ways [that] a light bulb does not work. Thomas A Edison

Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and physical application, Thomas A Edison

The First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success. Thomas A Edison

An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain. Thomas A Edison

Success depends on how many experiments you can fit into 24 hours Thomas A Edison

I've never made a mistake. I've only learned from experience. Thomas A Edison

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred. Thomas A Edison

The man who doesn't make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life. Thomas A Edison

After we had conducted thousands of experiments on a certain project without solving the problem, one of my associates, after we had conducted the crowning experiment and it had proved a failure, expressed discouragement and disgust over our having failed to find out anything. I cheerily assured him that we had learned something. For we had learned for a certainty that the thing couldnt be done that way, and that we would have to try some other way. Thomas A Edison

Having a vision for what you want is not enough...Vision without execution is hallucination Thomas A Edison

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 A Edison

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