Thomas A. Edison

(Thomas Alva Edison)

Thomas A. Edison
Thomas A. Edison
  • Born: February 11, 1847
  • Died: October 18, 1931
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Inventor, Businessman

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Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory.

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[Warren] Harding is all right! Any man who chews tobacco is all right. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
… discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure. Human Nature
… nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving Environment & Environmentalism
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Human Nature
Good morning. How do you do? How do you like the talking box? Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I consider Paine our greatest political thinker…. We never had a sounder intelligence in this Republic. He was the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible. Where Washington performed Paine devised and wrote. The deeds of one in the world were matched by the deeds of the other with his pen. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States. Religion & God
I don’t think anything about Einstein’s theory because I don’t understand it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In the absence of absolute knowledge one theory is as good as another, as long as it meets all the requirements of practical tests. My theory may be upset tomorrow, but today I look at it as the best of all.
Interest is the invention of Satan Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It [cigarette smoking] has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable. I employ no person who smokes Cigarettes. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Miscellaneous
Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun. Energy
People who will not turn a shovel full of dirt on the project [Muscle Shoals Dam] nor contribute a pound of material, will collect more money from the United States than will the People who supply all the material and do all the work. Scandals
So far as religion is concerned, it's a damned fake. Religion is all bunk. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Taking out a patent is an invitation to a lawsuit. Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in it's potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy…. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. Energy
What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. Success
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! Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. Business, Commerce & Finance
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. Friendship
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Failure ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I start where the last man left off.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Inspiration
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Life ;Failure ;Success
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. Success ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Time ;Motivation
Religion is all bunk. Religion & God
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Failure
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Failure
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around. Humor
The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
There is no substitute for hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Death ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;War & Peace
There's a way to do it better - find it. Motivation
They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Time
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.
What you are will show in what you do. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.