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Thomas A. Edison Quote: “First be sure a thing is wanted or needed, then go ahead.”

First be sure a thing is wanted or needed, then go ahead.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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 A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start a new.”

There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start a new.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Focus on how the end-user customers perceive the impact of your innovation – rather than on how you, the innovators, perceive it.”

Focus on how the end-user customers perceive the impact of your innovation – rather than on how you, the innovators, perceive it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I would rather have one man with enthusiasm working with me than ten who are complacent.”

I would rather have one man with enthusiasm working with me than ten who are complacent.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.”

I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.”

Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe.”

I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.”

The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “No, I haven’t failed thousands of times. On the contrary, I have successfully eliminated thousands of ideas that do not work!”

No, I haven’t failed thousands of times. On the contrary, I have successfully eliminated thousands of ideas that do not work!

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Consider data without prejudice.”

Consider data without prejudice.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I never once failed at making a light bulb. I just found out 99 ways not to make one.”

I never once failed at making a light bulb. I just found out 99 ways not to make one.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “When you become quiet, it just dawns on you.”

When you become quiet, it just dawns on you.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Large portions of life’s disappointments are individuals who did not understand that they were so near achievement when they surrendered.”

Large portions of life’s disappointments are individuals who did not understand that they were so near achievement when they surrendered.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life.”

Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Of the 200 light bulbs that didn’t work, every failure told me something that I was able to incorporate into the next attempt.”

Of the 200 light bulbs that didn’t work, every failure told me something that I was able to incorporate into the next attempt.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”

I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.”

If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure.”

I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Great ideas originate in the muscles.”

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

Every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.”

The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The radio craze will die out in time.”

The radio craze will die out in time.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “There is a better way for everything. Find it.”

There is a better way for everything. Find it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Life’s most soothing things are a child’s goodnight and sweet music.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I do not believe any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out all right.”

When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out all right.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “A lawsuit is the suicide of time.”

A lawsuit is the suicide of time.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “My mother was the making of me.”

My mother was the making of me.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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; but here was something there was no doubt of.”

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; but here was something there was no doubt of.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.”

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.”

Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.”

To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meetand that is the first requisite of business.”

There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meetand that is the first requisite of business.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have determined that there is no market for talking pictures.”

I have determined that there is no market for talking pictures.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others.”

I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I think that Ingersoll had all the attributes of a perfect man, and, in my opinion, no finer personality ever existed. Judging from the past, I cannot help thinking that the intention of the Supreme Intelligence that rules the world is to ultimately make such a type of man universal.”

I think that Ingersoll had all the attributes of a perfect man, and, in my opinion, no finer personality ever existed. Judging from the past, I cannot help thinking that the intention of the Supreme Intelligence that rules the world is to ultimately make such a type of man universal.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Continued innovation is the best way to beat the competition.”

Continued innovation is the best way to beat the competition.

— Thomas A. Edison

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