30 Thomas Edison Quotes to Heed By

Thomas Edison was a world famous inventor, most famous for inventing the light bulb as well as the story of him flying a kite with a key attached to it. He was also a businessman and was very wealthy and powerful during his day. Although there are many who dislike him due to the stories about the wrongs he did to Telsa, many people still respect him for his accomplishments. Below are some of his quotes.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”

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

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

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

“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!”

“What you are will show in what you do.”

“There is far more opportunity than there is ability.”

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

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

“When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”

“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

“I start where the last man left off.”

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

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

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

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

“Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

“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.”

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

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