Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes, one of the greatest inventors of all time. He strongly believed that his achievements, was not a result of hard work.

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

 

General Quotes

  • “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
  • “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
  • “As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky.”
  • “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”
  • “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
  • “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident.”
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
  • “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
  • “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.”
  • “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”
  • His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
  • “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
  • “What you are will show in what you do.”
  • “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”
  • “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”
  • “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 Inspirational Quotes on Failure and Progress

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”
  • “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure”.
  • “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward”.
  • “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless”.
  • “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
  • “I have had a lot of success with failure”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”
  • “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”
  • “It has been just so in all my inventions. The first step is an intuition—and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise. This thing that gives out and then that—“Bugs”as such little faults and difficulties are called show themselves and months of anxious watching, study and labour are requisite before commercial success—or failure—is certainly reached.”
  • “Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don’t work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they’ll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they’ll wake up some day and find themselves rich. Actually, they’ve got it half right, because eventually they do wake up.”
  • “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
  • “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”

 

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes on Perseverance and Courage

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “It’s true when they say song writing is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. In truth, what happens is… songs come through you”.
  • “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.”
  • “If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves”.
  • “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work.”
  • “I now know 999 different ways that won’t work.”
  • “That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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 Inspirational Quotes on Success and Achievements

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”
  • “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success”.
  • “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”.
  • “Sale is proof of utility, and utility is success”.
  • “A man’s best friend is a good wife.”
  • “The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.“

 

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes on Religion

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.”
  • “So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake… Religion is all bunk.”
  • “I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. . . . I am an aggregate of cells, as, for instance, New York City is an aggregate of individuals. Will New York City go to heaven? . . . . No; nature made us–nature did it all–not the gods of the religions.”
  • “My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. “
  • “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.”
  • “To those searching for truth – not the truth of dogma and darkness but the truth brought by reason, search, examination, and inquiry, discipline is required. For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope. “
  • “Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction–faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.”

 

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes on Motivation

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.”
  • “I start where the last man left off.”
  • “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”
  • “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”
  • “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. “
  • “My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions…. The dove is my emblem…. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it…. I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill….”
  • “Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.”
  • “Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”

 

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes on Work/Opportunity

  • “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”
  • “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.”
  • “There is far more opportunity than there is ability. “

 

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes on Ideas

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Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
  • “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”
  • “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants. “
  • “The value of an idea lies in the using of it. “
  • “To have a great idea, have a lot of them. “
  • “Great ideas originate in the muscles. “
  • “I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.”
  • “The value of an idea lies in using it.”
  • “There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.”
  • “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”
  • “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 Inspirational Quotes on Science

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  • “What we call man is a mechanism made up of … un-crystallized matter … all the colloid matter of his mechanism is concentrated in a countless number of small cells. … These cells [are] dwelling places, communes, a walled town within which are many citizens. … These are the units of life and when they pass out into space man as we think we know him is dead, a mere machine from which the crew have left ,so to speak. … These units are endowed with great intelligence. They have memories, they must be divided into countless thousands of groups, most are workers, there are directing groups. Some are chemists, they manufacture the most complicated chemicals that are secreted by the glands.”
  • “Oh these mathematicians make me tired! When you ask them to work out a sum they take a piece of paper, cover it with rows of A’s, B’s, and X’s and Y’s … scatter a mess of flyspecks over them, and then give you an answer that’s all wrong!.”
  • “It is very different to make a practical system and to introduce it. A few experiments in the laboratory would prove the practicability of system long before it could be brought into general use. You can take a pipe and put a little coal in it, close it up, heat it and light the gas that comes out of the stem, but that is not introducing gas lighting. I’ll bet that if it were discovered to-morrow in New York that gas could be made out of coal it would be at least five years before the system would be in general use.”
  • “I told [Kruesi] I was going to record talking, and then have the machine talk back. He thought it absurd. However, it was finished, the foil was put on; I then shouted “Mary had a little lamb,” etc. I adjusted the reproducer, and the machine reproduced it perfectly. On first words spoken on a phonograph.”
  • “I have a peculiar theory about radium, and I believe it is the correct one. I believe that there is some mysterious ray pervading the universe that is fluorescing to it. In other words, that all its energy is not self-constructed but that there is a mysterious something in the atmosphere that scientists have not found that is drawing out those infinitesimal atoms and distributing them forcefully and indestructibly.”
  • “Problems in human engineering will receive during the coming years the same genius and attention which the nineteenth century gave to the more material forms of engineering. We have laid good foundations for industrial prosperity, now we want to assure the happiness and growth of the workers through vocational education, vocational guidance, and wisely managed employment departments. A great field for industrial experimentation and statesmanship is opening up.”
  • “To Monsieur Eiffel the Engineer, the brave builder of so gigantic and original a specimen of modern Engineering from one who has the greatest respect and admiration for all Engineers including the Great Engineer the Bon Dieu.”
  • “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.”
  • “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Natures 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.”
  • “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.”

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