The Best Thomas Edison quotes

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Not many people know that Thomas Edison had a very tough life. This blog post is about his quotes compilation and how he overcame all of the obstacles in his life.

Discover the most known Failure, Work, Time, World, Mind, Success Failure, Opportunity, Failing, Famous, Alva quotes from Thomas Edison, and much more.


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About Thomas Edison

birth of the author

February 11, 1847

death of the author

October 18, 1931

country of the author


education of the author

Self-Educated; Some Coursework At Cooper Union

occupation of the author

Inventor, Businessman

date of the author

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Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration! — Thomas A

I failed my way to success. — Thomas A

Success depends on how many experiments you can fit into 24 hours — Thomas A

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus. — Thomas A

The secret of success is focus of purpose. — Thomas A

Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! … I’ve failed my way to success. — Thomas A

Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and physical application. — Thomas A

Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. — Thomas A

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. — Thomas Edison

The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours. — Thomas A

I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy–five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours–and thrived on it. — Thomas A

If there is a better solution… find it. — Thomas A


There is time for everything. — Thomas A

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. — Thomas A

A lawsuit is the suicide of time. — Thomas A

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. — Thomas A

The radio craze will die out in time. — Thomas A

How did Thomas Edison become famous?

Thomas Edison unveiled the phonograph—which reproduced sounds by means of the vibration of a stylus following a groove on a rotating disc—in December 1877.

The public’s amazement surrounding this invention was quickly followed by universal acclaim.


I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred. — Thomas A

Let the public throw bouquets to the inventors and in time we will all be happy. — Thomas A

Each time you fail, you have eliminated another wrong option. — Thomas A

I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others. — Thomas A

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

Fooling around with alternating currents is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. It’s too dangerous . . . it could kill a man as quick as a bolt of lightning. Direct current is safe. — Thomas A

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 Edison

Sleep is like a drug. Take too much at a time and it makes you dopey. You lose time and opportunities. — Thomas A

Friendship is the heaven of life. — Thomas A


An idea is something that won’t work unless you do. — Thomas A

Being busy does not always mean real work. — Thomas A

Work while others are wishing. — Thomas A

there is no substitute for hard work Thomas Edison quote

I think work is the world’s greatest fun. — Thomas A

Nothing that’s good works by itself, you’ve got to make the damn thing work. — Thomas A

There is no substitute for hard work. — Thomas Edison

Two per cent. is genius, and ninety–eight per cent. is hard work. — Thomas A

I never failed. It just didn’t work 10,000 times. — Thomas A

as a cure for worrying work is better than whiskey Thomas Edison quote

Success is based on imagination plus ambition and the will to work. — Thomas A

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. — Thomas Edison

I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. — Thomas Edison

The First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success. — Thomas A

Success is the result of hard work. — Thomas A

i never did a day s work in my life it was all fun Thomas Edison quote

I never view mistakes as failures. They are simply opportunities to find out what doesn’t work. — Thomas A

When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work. — Thomas A

I have not failed. I have successfully discovered 1200 ideas that don’t work. — Thomas A

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. — Thomas A

We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work — Thomas A

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

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In Thomas Edison Statements


I know of over 3,000 ways [that] a light bulb does not work. — Thomas A

This problem, once solved, will be simple. — Thomas A

I am afraid of radium and polonium … I don’t want to monkey with them. — Thomas A

If I could solve all the problems myself, I would. — Thomas A

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. — Thomas A

Consider data without prejudice. — Thomas A

How did Thomas Edison change the world?

Thomas Edison played a significant part in introducing the modern age of electricity.

His inventions included the phonograph, the carbon-button transmitter for the telephone speaker and microphone, the incandescent lamp, the first commercial electric light and power system, an experimental electric railroad, and key elements of motion-picture equipment.



I start where the last man left off. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of a man can achieve. — Thomas A

The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child. — Thomas A

A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another. — Thomas A

what man s mind can create man s character can control Thomas Edison quote

To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity. — Thomas A

What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control. — Thomas Edison

Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man’s character. — Thomas A

The man who doesn’t make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life. — Thomas A

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. — Thomas A

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 A

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing. — Thomas A

I am a vegetarian as well as a passionate anti–alcoholic, because I can thus make better use of my brain. — Thomas A

I get my ideas from listening from within. — Thomas A

Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious. — Thomas A

Absorb ideas from every source. — Thomas A


As Danand Ian over at the Lifestyle Business Podcast say: Rush to failure. — Thomas A

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man–and I will show you a failure. — Thomas A

I have had a lot of success with failure — Thomas A

Every failure is a lesson learned about your strategy. — Thomas A

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

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

The biggest failure of man is that he gives up before he realizes how close he was to success. — Thomas A

Failure is the most effective technique to optimize strategic planning, implementation and processes. — Thomas A

Never Say I Failed 99 Times, Say I Discovered 99 Ways Which Causes Failure! — Thomas A

I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure — Thomas A


The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world. — Thomas A

I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it — Thomas A

In creating technology for ourselves we created it for the world. — Thomas A

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

I know this world is ruled by Infinite Intelligence. It required Infinite Intelligence to create it and it requires Infinite Intelligence to keep it on its course … It is mathematical in its precision. — Thomas A

I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent. — Thomas A

Nature is truly wonderful. Only man is truly foul. — Thomas A

Nature made us–nature did it all–not the gods of the religions. — Thomas A

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