Thomas Edison Quotes : 37 Inspirational Quotes

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Thomas Edison was the American inventor of electric bulb.  He was one of the greatest inventor due to his significant inventions apart from electric bulb like Motion Picture Camera, Phonograph and more. His inventions has huge impact worldwide in many industries like Energy, Music and Telecommunications.

Thomas Alva Edison achieved greatness by his hard work and willingness to learn everything. He failed many times before inventing electric bulb, but he never let failure reach to his heart instead he kept trying which ultimately led to the invention of electric bulb.  Thomas Edison has over 1000 patent in his name in America alone.

Thomas Edison was home-schooled by his mother, but still he managed to touch lofty heights in his career. He sets a perfect example that if you have curiosity to learn and willing to make contribution towards society, no one can stop you to achieve your goals. If you want to know about Thomas Edison in detail you can go through his biography written by  Matthew Josephson – Edison: A Biography. Let’s take a look inside his brilliant mind which lighted up the whole world.

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List of Thomas Edison Quotes : 37 Inspirational Quotes

1. “A genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework”

~Thomas Edison

2. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”

~Thomas Edison

3. “There is no substitute for hard work”

~Thomas Edison

4. “If God made me -the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness and love”

~Thomas Edison

5. “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun”

~Thomas Edison

6. “The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world”

~Thomas Edison

7. “When I have finally decided that a result is worth getting, I go ahead on it and make trial after trial until it comes”

~Thomas Edison

8. “Through all the years of experimenting and research, I never once made a discovery. I start where the last man left off”

~Thomas Edison

9. “Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man’s character”

~Thomas Edison

10. “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t”

~Thomas Edison

11. “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. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding”

~Thomas Edison

12. “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce”

~Thomas Edison

13. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”

~Thomas Edison

14. “The man who doesn’t make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life”

~Thomas Edison

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

~Thomas Edison

16. “Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool”

~Thomas Edison

17. “The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me”

~Thomas Edison

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

~Thomas Edison

19. “Nearly every person who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged”

~Thomas Edison

20. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”

~Thomas Edison

21. “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”

~Thomas Edison

22. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose”

~Thomas Edison

23. “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world”

~Thomas Edison

24. “I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it”

~Thomas Edison

25. “Hell, there are no rules here-we’re trying to accomplish something”

~Thomas Edison

26. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk”

~Thomas Edison

27. “A man’s best friend is a good wife”

~Thomas Edison

28. “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation”

~Thomas Edison

29. “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work”

~Thomas Edison

30. “I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing”

~Thomas Edison

31. “I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom”

~Thomas Edison

32. “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure”

~Thomas Edison

33. “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around”

~Thomas Edison

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

~Thomas Edison

35. “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil”

~Thomas Edison

36. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless”

~Thomas Edison

37. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits”

~Thomas Edison

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Last thing to my readers , I would like to hear from you…

Let me know in comments, Which of the  above Thomas Edison quotes you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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