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60 Insightful Quotes by Thomas Edison

Amazing Thomas Edison Quotes

Thomas Alva Edison was an American scientist and businessman who made great inventions such as phonograph, electric light bulb as well as the motion picture camera. He held over 1000 patents for his inventions as a savvy businessman. Some of his famous quotes are listed below.

Thomas Edison Quoes

  1. “It’s obvious that we don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.” - Thomas Edison
  2. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” - Thomas Edison
  3. “Our schools are not teaching students to think. It is astonishing how many young people have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work…” - Thomas Edison
  4. “There is no substitute for hard work.” - Thomas Edison
  5. “The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me….” - Thomas Edison
  6. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time…” - Thomas Edison
  7. “We don’t know one-millionth of one percent about anything.” - Thomas Edison
  8. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless…” - Thomas Edison
  9. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas Edison
  10. “The best thinking has been done in solitude.” - Thomas Edison
  11. “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun…” - Thomas Edison
  12. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” - Thomas Edison
  13. “I am not overly impressed by the great names and reputations of those who might be trying to beat me to an invention…. It’s their ‘ideas’ that appeal to me. I am quite correctly described as ‘more of a sponge than an inventor…” - Thomas Edison
  14. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” - Thomas Edison
  15. “Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best…” - Thomas Edison
  16. “There’s a way to do better… find it.” - Thomas Edison
  17. “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge…” - Thomas Edison
  18. “Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” - Thomas Edison
  19. “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease…” - Thomas Edison
  20. “What you are will show in what you do.” - Thomas Edison
  21. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress…” - Thomas Edison
  22. “I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.” - Thomas Edison
  23. “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.” - Thomas Edison
  24. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits…” - Thomas Edison
  25. “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” - Thomas Edison
  26. “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something…” - Thomas Edison
  27. “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” - Thomas Edison
  28. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work…” - Thomas Edison
  29. “Great ideas originate in the muscles.” - Thomas Edison
  30. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work…” - Thomas Edison
  31. “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.” - Thomas Edison
  32. “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…” - Thomas Edison
  33. “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.” - Thomas Edison
  34. “The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast…” - Thomas Edison
  35. “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.” - Thomas Edison
  36. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration…” - Thomas Edison
  37. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” - Thomas Edison
  38. “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 Edison
  39. “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” - Thomas Edison
  40. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” - Thomas Edison
  41. “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” - Thomas Edison
  42. “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.” - Thomas Edison
  43. “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.” - Thomas Edison
  44. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.” - Thomas Edison
  45. “There ain’t no rules around here, we’re trying to accomplish something.” - Thomas Edison
  46. “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.” - Thomas Edison
  47. “As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.” - Thomas Edison
  48. “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.” - Thomas Edison
  49. “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.” - Thomas Edison
  50. “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” - Thomas Edison
  51. “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.” - Thomas Edison
  52. “What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.” - Thomas Edison
  53. “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!” - Thomas Edison
  54. “To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.” - Thomas Edison
  55. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” - Thomas Edison
  56. “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (For Somebody Else)” - Thomas Edison
  57. “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” - Thomas Edison
  58. “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison
  59. “After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk a mile.” - Thomas Edison
  60. “The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.” - Thomas Edison

Above were few of the popular quotes by Thomas Edison, if you have more of his quotes other than the ones mentioned above do share in the comments section.