Thomas Edison quotes and sayings
I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.
No Such Thing as Bad Results.
Because ideas have to be original only with regard to their adaptation to the problem at hand, I am always extremely interested in how others have used used them.
If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
My success is due more to my ability to work continuously on one thing without stopping than to any other single quality.
IF PARENTS PASS ENTHUSIASM ALONG TO THEIR CHILDREN, THEY WILL LEAVE THEM AN ESTATE OF INCALCULABLE VALUE.
The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.
Genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.
Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises which the ordinary person does not hear.
Incurably religious, that is the best way to describe the mental condition of so many people.
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.
Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.
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 didn't fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.
I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.
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.
Be courageous! Have faith! Go forward.
The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.
Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we're just trying to accomplish something.
We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.
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.
The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus.
The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.
I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. It is astonishing how many have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work.
The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.
The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.
The brain can be developed just the same as the muscles can be developed, if on will only take the pains to train the mind to think.
Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!
A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.
Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best.
The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.
Every failure is a lesson learned about your strategy.
There ain't no rules around here, we're trying to accomplish something.
Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.
So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk.
I was always afraid of things that worked the first time. Long experience proved that there were great drawbacks found generally before they could be got commercial; but here was something there was no doubt of.
Failure is the most effective technique to optimize strategic planning, implementation and processes.
Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.
The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.
Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius!... I've failed my way to success.
There is a better way for everything. Find it.
I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.
As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions. The dove is my emblem. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it. I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill.
I can never pick up a thing without wishing to improve it.
There is much more opportunity than there are people to see it.
It is the best book ever written on the subject. There is nothing like it!
To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction.
The greatest discoveries will be along spiritual lines. This is the field where miracles are going to happen. Spiritual power is the greatest underdeveloped power and has the greatest future.
The First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success.
Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I've stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don't know how to steal!
I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others.
Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you're working on.
The money one gets for selling one's soul is always spent in deadening one's conscience, so the net gain at the end of a lifetime is no greater than if the diabolic bargain had not been struck.
Success depends on how many experiments you can fit into 24 hours.
I never quit until I get what I want.
Do the thing and the power will come.
There is no limit to which a man will not go to avoid thinking.
I didn't fail ten thousand times. I successfully eliminated, ten thousand times, materials and combinations which wouldn't work.
A teacher sent the following note home with a six-year-old boy 'He is too stupid to learn.' That boy was Thomas A. Edison.
We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.
Life's most soothing things are a child's goodnight and sweet music.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. As a result, a genius is often a talented person who has simply done all of his homework.
This problem, once solved, will be simple.
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.
When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.
I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.
Most of my ideas belonged to other people who never bothered to develop them.
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.
Barring serious accidents, if you are not preoccupied with worry and you work hard, you can look forward to a reasonably lengthy existence... Its not the hard work that kills, its the worrying that kills.
My mother was the making of me.
I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.
After we had conducted thousands of experiments on a certain project without solving the problem, one of my associates, after we had conducted the crowning experiment and it had proved a failure, expressed discouragement and disgust over our having failed to find out anything. I cheerily assured him that we had learned something. For we had learned for a certainty that the thing couldn't be done that way, and that we would have to try some other way.
Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.
I have not failed. I have successfully discovered 1200 ideas that don't work.
A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another.
If there is a better solution... find it.
First, study the present construction. Second, ask for all past experiences... study and read everything you can on the subject.
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