60+ Thomas Edison Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Thomas Alva Edison has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He held a world record with 1,093 patents. In addition, he created the world’s first industrial research laboratory. Inspirational Thomas Edison quotes will motivate you to never quit, and encourage you for success with greatness.

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Top Thomas Edison Quotes

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

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

What you are will show in what you do.

There is no substitute for hard work.

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

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

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

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

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

Not everything of value in life comes from books- experience the world.

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

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

Hard work, nothing to divert my thought, clear air and simple food made my life very pleasant.

Vision without execution is hallucination.

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

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.

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

Inspirational Thomas Edison Quotes

We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.

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

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.

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

I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.

I don’t live with the past; I am living for to-day and to-morrow.

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

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

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

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

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.

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.

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

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

Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration!

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.

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

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!

Amazing Thomas Edison Quotes

Good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.

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

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

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

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.

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

Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying.

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

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.

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

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

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.

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

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

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.

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

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

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

I start where the last man left off.

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.

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