Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. 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. 

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

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

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

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

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to 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.

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

To my mind the old masters are not art, their value is in their scarcity.

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

There's a way to do it better - find it.

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.

Anything that won't sell I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility and utility is success.

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

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

What you are will show in what you do.

What a man's mind can create man's character can control.

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.

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define, Of inspiration one percent of perspiration ninety nine.

To have a great idea have a lot of them.

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