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Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Absorb ideas from every source.”

Absorb ideas from every source.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “If I had not had so much ambition and not tried to do so many things, I probably would have been happier, but less useful.”

If I had not had so much ambition and not tried to do so many things, I probably would have been happier, but less useful.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Religion is all bunk.”

Religion is all bunk.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The inventor tries to meet the demand of a crazy civilization.”

The inventor tries to meet the demand of a crazy civilization.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.”

For faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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!”

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 A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Let the public throw bouquets to the inventors and in time we will all be happy.”

Let the public throw bouquets to the inventors and in time we will all be happy.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.”

I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I’ve stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don’t know how to steal!”

Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I’ve stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don’t know how to steal!

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere, but if we can evolve an instrument so delicate to be manipulated by our personality as it survives in the next life such an instrument ought to record something...”

Nobody knows whether our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere, but if we can evolve an instrument so delicate to be manipulated by our personality as it survives in the next life such an instrument ought to record something...

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises which the ordinary person does not hear.”

Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises which the ordinary person does not hear.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Interest is the invention of Satan.”

Interest is the invention of Satan.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I never view mistakes as failures. They are simply opportunities to find out what doesn’t work.”

I never view mistakes as failures. They are simply opportunities to find out what doesn’t work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.”

I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward.”

People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “It is a terrible situation when the Government, to insure the National Wealth, must go in debt and submit to ruinous interest charges, at the hands of men, who control the fictitious value of gold. Interest is the invention of Satan.”

It is a terrible situation when the Government, to insure the National Wealth, must go in debt and submit to ruinous interest charges, at the hands of men, who control the fictitious value of gold. Interest is the invention of Satan.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Two per cent. is genius, and ninety-eight per cent. is hard work.”

Two per cent. is genius, and ninety-eight per cent. is hard work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Any large extension of the Government into business affairs – no matter what the pretense and no matter how the the extension is labeled – will be bound to promote waste and put a curb on our prosperity and progress.”

Any large extension of the Government into business affairs – no matter what the pretense and no matter how the the extension is labeled – will be bound to promote waste and put a curb on our prosperity and progress.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The dove is my emblem.”

The dove is my emblem.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “M. A. Rosanoff: Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe. Edison: There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!”

M. A. Rosanoff: Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe. Edison: There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish somep’n!

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “It is the best book ever written on the subject. There is nothing like it!”

It is the best book ever written on the subject. There is nothing like it!

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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 A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have had a lot of success with failure.”

I have had a lot of success with failure.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward.”

Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “You can’t realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The greatest discoveries will be along spiritual lines. This is the field where miracles are going to happen. Spiritual power is the greatest underdeveloped power and has the greatest future.”

The greatest discoveries will be along spiritual lines. This is the field where miracles are going to happen. Spiritual power is the greatest underdeveloped power and has the greatest future.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “In creating technology for ourselves we created it for the world.”

In creating technology for ourselves we created it for the world.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I am 67, but I’m not too old to make a fresh start.”

I am 67, but I’m not too old to make a fresh start.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Because I readily absorb ideas from every source – frequently starting where the last person left off – I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.”

Because I readily absorb ideas from every source – frequently starting where the last person left off – I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I remember that I was never able to get along at school. I was at the foot of the class.”

I remember that I was never able to get along at school. I was at the foot of the class.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best.”

Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”

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

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.”

The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.”

It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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 A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The roots of tobacco plants must go clear through to hell. Satan’s principal agent Dyspepsia must have charge of this branch of the vegetable kingdom.”

The roots of tobacco plants must go clear through to hell. Satan’s principal agent Dyspepsia must have charge of this branch of the vegetable kingdom.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “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.”

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 A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.”

The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I’ve realized that most of my best ideas have followed a good night’s sleep.”

I’ve realized that most of my best ideas have followed a good night’s sleep.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 foundations and individual donors whose priorities don’t align with my organization’s.”

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 foundations and individual donors whose priorities don’t align with my organization’s.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Direct thought is not an attribute of feminity. In this, women are now centuries behind man.”

Direct thought is not an attribute of feminity. In this, women are now centuries behind man.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “To me, the idea and expectation that the day is slowly and surely coming when we will be able to honestly say we are our brother’s keeper and not his oppressor is very beautiful .”

To me, the idea and expectation that the day is slowly and surely coming when we will be able to honestly say we are our brother’s keeper and not his oppressor is very beautiful .

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.”

Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I get my ideas from listening from within.”

I get my ideas from listening from within.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.”

I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Nothing that’s good works by itself, you’ve got to make the damn thing work.”

Nothing that’s good works by itself, you’ve got to make the damn thing work.

— Thomas A. Edison

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