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Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Through all the years of experimenting and research, I never once made a discovery. I start where the last man left off. All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention pure and simple.”

Through all the years of experimenting and research, I never once made a discovery. I start where the last man left off. All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention pure and simple.

— 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: “I start where the last man left off. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of a man can achieve.”

I start where the last man left off. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of a man can achieve.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “All bibles are man-made.”

All bibles are man-made.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp.”

Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Friendship is the heaven of life.”

Friendship is the heaven of life.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I think work is the world’s greatest fun.”

I think work is the world’s greatest fun.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I never knew I had an inventive talent until Phrenology told me so. I was a stranger to myself until then!”

I never knew I had an inventive talent until Phrenology told me so. I was a stranger to myself until then!

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.”

Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.”

Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I can never pick up a thing without wishing to improve it.”

I can never pick up a thing without wishing to improve it.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Education isn’t play – and it can’t be made to look like play. It is hard, hard work. But it can be made interesting work.”

Education isn’t play – and it can’t be made to look like play. It is hard, hard work. But it can be made interesting work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them.”

The great trouble is that the preachers get the children from six to seven years of age and then it is almost impossible to do anything with them.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “In ‘Common Sense’ Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.”

In ‘Common Sense’ Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Smoking too much makes me nervous. Must lasso my natural tendency to acquire such habits. Holding heavy cigar constantly in my mouth has deformed my upper lip, it has a sort of Havana curl.”

Smoking too much makes me nervous. Must lasso my natural tendency to acquire such habits. Holding heavy cigar constantly in my mouth has deformed my upper lip, it has a sort of Havana curl.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “A failure teaches you that something can’t be done-that way.”

A failure teaches you that something can’t be done-that way.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “There cannot be overproduction of anything which men and women want. And their wants are unlimited, except by the size of their stomachs.”

There cannot be overproduction of anything which men and women want. And their wants are unlimited, except by the size of their stomachs.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.”

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people.”

Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “No Such Thing as Bad Results.”

No Such Thing as Bad Results.

— Thomas A. Edison



Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I was at the foot of my class.”

I was at the foot of my class.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I am much less interested in what is called God’s word than in God’s deeds. All bibles are man-made.”

I am much less interested in what is called God’s word than in God’s deeds. All bibles are man-made.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “When there’s no experimenting there’s no progress. Stop experimenting and you go backward. If anything goes wrong, experiment until you get to the very bottom of the trouble.”

When there’s no experimenting there’s no progress. Stop experimenting and you go backward. If anything goes wrong, experiment until you get to the very bottom of the trouble.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The biggest failure of man is that he gives up before he realizes how close he was to success.”

The biggest failure of man is that he gives up before he realizes how close he was to success.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I would construct and work along various lines until I found them untenable. When one theory was discarded, I developed another at once. I realized very early that this was the only possible way for me to work out all the problems.”

I would construct and work along various lines until I found them untenable. When one theory was discarded, I developed another at once. I realized very early that this was the only possible way for me to work out all the problems.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.”

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The very first thing an executive must have is a fine memory. Of course it does not follow that a man with a fine memory is necessarily a fine executive. But if he has the memory he has the first qualification, and if he has not the memory nothing else matters.”

The very first thing an executive must have is a fine memory. Of course it does not follow that a man with a fine memory is necessarily a fine executive. But if he has the memory he has the first qualification, and if he has not the memory nothing else matters.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.”

Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man’s character.”

Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man’s character.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “We are striking it big in the electric light, better than my vivid imagination first conceived. Where this thing is going to stop Lord only knows.”

We are striking it big in the electric light, better than my vivid imagination first conceived. Where this thing is going to stop Lord only knows.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I try not to invent things that people don’t need.”

I try not to invent things that people don’t need.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living – our dread of coming to an end.”

I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul. No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living – our dread of coming to an end.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.”

They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “The entity that gives life and motion to the human body is finer still and lies infinitely beyond the reach of our finest scientific instruments. When this entity deserts the body, the body is like a ship without a rudder – deserted, motionless, dead.”

The entity that gives life and motion to the human body is finer still and lies infinitely beyond the reach of our finest scientific instruments. When this entity deserts the body, the body is like a ship without a rudder – deserted, motionless, dead.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “As Danand Ian over at the Lifestyle Business Podcast say: Rush to failure.”

As Danand Ian over at the Lifestyle Business Podcast say: Rush to failure.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I love great music and art, but I think ‘cubist’ songs and paintings are hideous.”

I love great music and art, but I think ‘cubist’ songs and paintings are hideous.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul.”

Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”

What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “Baseball is the greatest of American games. Some say football, but it is my firm belief, and it shall always be, that baseball has no superior.”

Baseball is the greatest of American games. Some say football, but it is my firm belief, and it shall always be, that baseball has no superior.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.”

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I am both pleased but astonished by the fact that mankind has not yet begun to use all the means and devices that are available for destruction. I hope that such weapons are never manufactured in quantity.”

I am both pleased but astonished by the fact that mankind has not yet begun to use all the means and devices that are available for destruction. I hope that such weapons are never manufactured in quantity.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain.”

An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain.

— Thomas A. Edison


Thomas A. Edison Quote: “I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles.”

I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles.

— Thomas A. Edison

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