Thomas Edison Quotes

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Thomas Alva Edison was an entrepreneur, businessman and inventor who is very famous for inventing phonograph and incandescent electric light. He is often described as the greatest inventor of all time, with 1,093 patents in a good number of industries and fields, including electric light and power, telephony and telegraphy, and sound recording.

There is no doubt that the inventions of Thomas Edison have been key in the civilization of humanity and his work still continues to inspire and impact billions of people long after he is gone.

Here are some famous Thomas Edison quotes about success, exams, opportunity, health, genius, failure and many other interesting topics of life:

Famous Thomas Edison Quotes

Famous Thomas Edison Quotes

1. Great ideas originate in the muscles. -Thomas Edison

2. There’s a way to do it better – find it. -Thomas Edison

3. What you are will show in what you do. -Thomas Edison

4. The value of an idea lies in the using of it. -Thomas Edison

5. I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun. -Thomas Edison

6. I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. -Thomas Edison

7. What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control. -Thomas Edison

8. There are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something. -Thomas Edison

9. I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it. -Thomas Edison

10. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t. -Thomas Edison

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

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

13. 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

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

Thomas Edison

15. To have a great idea, have a lot of them. -Thomas Edison

16. The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around. -Thomas Edison

17. Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. -Thomas Edison

18. A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result. -Thomas Edison

19. The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. -Thomas Edison

20. Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. -Thomas Edison

21. To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction. -Thomas Edison

22. 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. -Thomas Edison

23. I consider Tom Paine our greatest political thinker. Washington himself appreciated Paine at his true worth. Franklin knew him for a great patriot and clear thinker. He was a friend and confidant of Jefferson, and the two must often have debated the academic and practical phases of liberty. -Thomas Edison

24. The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation. -Thomas Edison

25. When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a ‘dirty little atheist’ he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished. If Paine had ceased his writings with ‘The Rights of Man’ he would have been hailed today as one of the two or three outstanding figures of the Revolution. But ‘The Age of Reason’ cost him glory at the hands of his countrymen – a greater loss to them than to Tom Paine. -Thomas Edison

Funny Thomas Edison Quotes

Funny Thomas Edison Quotes

26. All bibles are man-made. -Thomas Edison

27. We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. -Thomas Edison

28. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Thomas Edison

29. There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking. -Thomas Edison

30. Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think. -Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Quotes About Success

Thomas Edison Quotes About Success

31. Discontent is the first necessity of progress. -Thomas Edison

32. Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. -Thomas Edison

33. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. -Thomas Edison

34. If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison

35. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. -Thomas Edison

36. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. -Thomas Edison

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

Thomas Edison

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

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

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

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

42. 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 Edison

43. 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

44. 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

Thomas Edison Quotes About Exams

Thomas Edison Quotes About Exams

45. Tomorrow is my exam but I don’t care because a single sheet of paper can’t decide my future.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Health Quotes

Thomas Edison Health Quotes

46. The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Quotes On Opportunity

Thomas Edison Quotes On Opportunity

47. 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

48. We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Many Of Life’s Failures Quote

Thomas Edison Many Of Life's Failures Quote

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

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Genius Quote

Thomas Edison Quote Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration

50. Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.

Thomas Edison