53 Thomas Edison Quotes: Great Sayings from an Inventor


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


2. “A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.” — THOMAS EDISON


3. “Be courageous! Have faith! Go forward.” — THOMAS EDISON


4. “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 EDISON

5. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” — THOMAS EDISON


6. “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” — THOMAS EDISON


7. “Success is the result of hard work.” — THOMAS EDISON


8. “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.” — THOMAS EDISON


9. “The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.” — THOMAS EDISON



10. “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


11. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” — THOMAS EDISON


12. “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” — THOMAS EDISON


13. “I never did a day’s work in my life. it was all fun.” — THOMAS EDISON


14. “Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man’s character.” — THOMAS EDISON


15. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” — THOMAS EDISON


16. “The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.” — THOMAS EDISON


17. “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


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


19. “The greatest discoveries will be along spiritual lines. This is the field where miracles are going to happen. Spiritual power is the greatest underdeveloped power and has the greatest future.” — THOMAS EDISON


20. “There is always a better way.” — THOMAS EDISON


21. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — THOMAS EDISON


22. “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.” — THOMAS EDISON


23. “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


24. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” — THOMAS EDISON


25. “We have but two ears and one mouth so that we may listen twice as much as we speak.” — THOMAS EDISON



26. “My success is due more to my ability to work continuously on one thing without stopping than to any other single quality.” — THOMAS EDISON


27. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” — THOMAS EDISON


28. “The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.” — THOMAS EDISON


29. “As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky.” — THOMAS EDISON


30. “The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.” — THOMAS EDISON


31. “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.” — THOMAS EDISON


32. “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.” — THOMAS EDISON


33. “Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don’t work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they’ll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they’ll wake up someday and find themselves rich. Actually, they’ve got it half right, because eventually they do wake up.” — THOMAS EDISON


34. “There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.” — THOMAS EDISON


35. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” — THOMAS EDISON


36. “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


37. “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” — THOMAS EDISON


38. “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.” — THOMAS EDISON


39. “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” — THOMAS EDISON


40. “So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake.. Religion is all bunk.” — THOMAS EDISON


41. “Having a vision for what you want is not enough…Vision without execution is hallucination.” — THOMAS EDISON


42. “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” — THOMAS EDISON



43. “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 EDISON


44. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” — THOMAS EDISON


45. “Success depends on how many experiments you can fit into 24 hours.” — THOMAS EDISON


46. “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” — THOMAS EDISON


47. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” — THOMAS EDISON


48. “I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.” — THOMAS EDISON


49. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — THOMAS EDISON


50. “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


51. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” — THOMAS EDISON


52. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — THOMAS EDISON


53. “There is time for everything.” — THOMAS EDISON


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