Quotes by Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison

American inventor and founder of General Electric

Alive from: 1847-1931

Category: Economists and businessmen | Science

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    A famous person is often remembered for the ability to take from mankind rather than for his ability to give to mankind.
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    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.
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    A 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.
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    Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
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    Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
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    Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
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    Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
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    I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
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    I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.
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    If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
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    Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
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    Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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    Nearly every man 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.
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    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
    Source: An Enemy Called Average (1990) by John L. Mason , p. 55.
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    The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
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