When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

— Alexander Graham Bell

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The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.


Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.


The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.


The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.


Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.


Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.


What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.


Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.


You cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of slow growth. Ideas do not reach perfection in a day, no matter how much study is put upon them.


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.

The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.


First words on the first telephone - "Mr. Watson - come here - I want to see you."


One day every major city in America will have a telephone.


About Alexander Graham Bell

Quotes 64 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Inventor
Birthday March 3, 1847

The inventor is a man who looks around upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.


God has strewn our paths with wonders and we certainly should not go through life with our eyes shut


America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.


A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with -- a man is what he makes of himself.


Ordinary people who know nothing of phonetics or elocution have difficulties in understanding slow speech composed of perfect sounds, while they have no difficulty in comprehending an imperfect gabble if only the accent and rhythm are natural.


I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all!


What this power is, I cannot say... All I know is that it exists.


When one door closes, another one opens.


There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.


Night is a more quiet time to work. It aids thought.


Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods.


The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.


Watson, ... if I can get a mechanism which will make a current of electricity vary in its intensity, as the air varies in density when a sound is passing through it, I can telegraph any sound, even the sound of speech.


I have heard articulate speech produced by sunlight I have heard a ray of the sun laugh and cough and sing! … I have been able to hear a shadow, and I have even perceived by ear the passage of a cloud across the sun's disk.


The great advantage [the telephone] possesses over every other form of electrical apparatus consists in the fact that it requires no skill to operate the instrument.


Grand telegraphic discovery today … Transmitted vocal sounds for the first time ... With some further modification I hope we may be enabled to distinguish … the “timbre” of the sound. Should this be so, conversation viva voce by telegraph will be a fait accompli.


I have had the feeling that a properly constructed flying-machine should be capable of being flown as a kite; and conversely, that a properly constructed kite should be capable of use as a flying-machine when driven by its own propellers.


Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids.


Man is the result of slow growth; that is why he occupies the position he does in animal life. What does a pup amount to that has gained its growth in a few days or weeks, beside a man who only attains it in as many years.


Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfillment of animal desires.


The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.


It is the man who carefully advances step by step...who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.


There are two critical points in every aerial flight-its beginning and its end.


Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.

Every time you do so you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Follow it up, explore all around it, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought.


My knowledge of electrical subjects was not acquired in a methodical manner but was picked up from such books as I could get hold of and from such experiments as I could make with my own hands.


Such a chimerical idea as telegraphing vocal sounds would indeed, to most minds, seem scarcely feasible enough to spend time in working over. I believe, however, that it is feasible and that I have got the cue to the solution of the problem.


Dumbness comes from the fact that a child is born deaf and that it consequently never learns how to articulate, for it is by the medium of hearing that such instruction is acquired.


It is hardly an exaggeration to say that oral teachers and sign teachers found it difficult to sit down in the same room without quarreling, and there was intolerance upon both sides. To say 'oral method' to a sign teacher was like waving a red flag in the face of a bull, and to say 'sign language' to an oralist aroused the deepest resentment.


I have always considered myself as an Agnostic.


We are all too much inclined, I think, to walk through life with our eyes shut.

There are things all round us and right at our very feet that we have never seen, because we have never really looked.


I would impress upon your minds the fact that if you want to do a man justice, you should believe what a man says himself rather than what people say he says.


One day there will be a telephone in every major city in the USA


Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the co-operation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.


A man's own judgment should be the final appeal in all that relates to himself.


Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods.

Every time you do you will be certain to find something you have never seen before.


I have discovered that my interest in my dear pupil, Mabel, has ripened into a far deeper feeling than that of mere friendship. In fact, I know that I have learned to love her very sincerely.


The telephone will be used to inform people that a telegram has been sent.