Thomas Edison Quotes

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. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't. If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. 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. We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. 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. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction. Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it I never did a day's work in my life, it was all fun. The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. There's a way to do it better, find it. Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking. A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.

Thomas Edison

1847 - 1931