Photograph of Edison (c.1922)
|Born||Thomas Alva Edison
(1847-02-11)February 11, 1847
Milan, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||October 18, 1931(1931-10-18) (aged 84)
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Mary Stilwell (m. 1871â€“84)
Marion Estelle Edison (1873â€“1965)
Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. (1804â€“1896)
|Relatives||Lewis Miller (father-in-law)|
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.
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.
One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
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.
The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
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.
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.
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
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!
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.