Thomas A. Edison

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

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

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

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

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.

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.

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

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

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

I start where the last man left off.

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

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.

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

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

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

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

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

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!

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