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Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The money one gets for selling one’s soul is always spent in deadening one’s conscience, so the net gain at the end of a lifetime is no greater than if the diabolic bargain had not been struck.”

The money one gets for selling one’s soul is always spent in deadening one’s conscience, so the net gain at the end of a lifetime is no greater than if the diabolic bargain had not been struck.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!”

Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Sleep is like a drug. Take too much at a time and it makes you dopey. You lose time and opportunities.”

Sleep is like a drug. Take too much at a time and it makes you dopey. You lose time and opportunities.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “What you are will show in what you do.”

What you are will show in what you do.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The inventor can’t do it all, you’ve got to change people. We have an enormous capacity to invent super-machinery. But our desire to install the device is weak. Human inertia is the problem, not invention. Something in man makes him resist change.”

The inventor can’t do it all, you’ve got to change people. We have an enormous capacity to invent super-machinery. But our desire to install the device is weak. Human inertia is the problem, not invention. Something in man makes him resist change.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The endeavor to change universal power by selfish supplication I do not believe in.”

The endeavor to change universal power by selfish supplication I do not believe in.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “A genius is a talented person who does his homework.”

A genius is a talented person who does his homework.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.”

A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Work while others are wishing.”

Work while others are wishing.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.”

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.”

I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Being busy does not always mean real work.”

Being busy does not always mean real work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have better use for my brain than to poison it with alcohol. To put alcohol in the human brain is like putting sand in the bearings of an engine.”

I have better use for my brain than to poison it with alcohol. To put alcohol in the human brain is like putting sand in the bearings of an engine.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I did not fail two thousand times. I merely found two thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.”

I did not fail two thousand times. I merely found two thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.”

A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.”

My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.”

From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.”

The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”

We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.”

As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Success is based on imagination plus ambition and the will to work.”

Success is based on imagination plus ambition and the will to work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We haven’t failed. We now know a thousand things that won’t work, so we are much closer to finding what will.”

We haven’t failed. We now know a thousand things that won’t work, so we are much closer to finding what will.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Success is the result of hard work.”

Success is the result of hard work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thinking is hard work.”

There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thinking is hard work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We have merely scratched the surface of the store of knowledge which will come to us. I believe that we are now, a-tremble on the verge of vast discoveries – discoveries so wondrously important they will upset the present trend of human thought and start it along completely new lines .”

We have merely scratched the surface of the store of knowledge which will come to us. I believe that we are now, a-tremble on the verge of vast discoveries – discoveries so wondrously important they will upset the present trend of human thought and start it along completely new lines .

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend it.”

The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.”

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.”

Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Sticking to it is the genius.”

Sticking to it is the genius.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”

None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I start where the last man left off.”

I start where the last man left off.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Failure is the most effective technique to optimize strategic planning, implementation and processes.”

Failure is the most effective technique to optimize strategic planning, implementation and processes.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Do the thing and the power will come.”

Do the thing and the power will come.

— Thomas A. Edison


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

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus...”

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus...

— Thomas A. Edison

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