Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. More significant than the number of Edison's patents was the widespread impact of his inventions: electric light and power utilities, sound recording, and motion pictures all established major new industries w... More

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Thomas A. Edison Quotes

Thomas A. Edison #Art

To my mind the old masters are not art their value is in their scarcity.
Thomas A. Edison #Best

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
Thomas A. Edison #Business

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison #Failure #Life #Success

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison #Failure

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas A. Edison #Good #Imagination

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison #Great #Work

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Thomas A. Edison #Great

Great ideas originate in the muscles.
Thomas A. Edison #Great

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Thomas A. Edison #Life #Work

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison #Religion

Religion is all bunk.
Thomas A. Edison #Success

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
Thomas A. Edison #Friendship

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Thomas A. Edison #Time

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.
Thomas A. Edison #Work

There is no substitute for hard work.
Thomas A. Edison #Work

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas A. Edison #Work

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
Thomas A. Edison #Work

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
Thomas A. Edison #Work

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
Thomas A. Edison #Success #Work

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Thomas A. Edison #Business

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison #Business #Courage #Faith

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!
Thomas A. Edison #Death #Science #War

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.
Thomas A. Edison #Failure

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas A. Edison #Intelligence #Work

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.