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Thomas Alva Edison quotes (31)

Many of lifes failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Factory

There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Substitutes

It is very beautiful over there.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Last

As a cure for worrying work is better than whiskey.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Alcohol

We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: If

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand without growing weary.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Success

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.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: People

Someday man will harness the rise and fall of the tides imprison the power of the sun and release atomic power.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Atom

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Ambition

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Unsorted

None of my inventions came by accidentthey came by work.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Invention

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Kill

To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Illusions

I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight-hour day and convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. I am glad that the eight-hour day had not been invented when I was a young man. If my life had been made up of eight-hour days I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal. This country would not amount to as much as it does if the young men of fifty years ago had been afraid that they might earn more than they were paid for.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Work

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishments 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.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Busy

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Chemistry

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Progress

There is almost no limit to which man will not go to avoid thinking.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Expedience

A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die it will someday be reborn in the mind of another. Accordingly my principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant but misdirected ideas of others.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Idea

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Insanity

Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Genius

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 Alva Edison   Category: Soul

Results! Why man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that wont work.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Result

If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Enthusiasm

Because thinking is often hard work there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the labor that is associated with it. If we all did the things we are really capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Think

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. I believe that restlessness is discontent and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Failure

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.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Nonviolence

Hell there are no rules here were trying to accomplish something.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Rule

If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Capable

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Opportunity

I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Discourage