Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.

The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison on persistence
443

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison on capable
362

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

Thomas A. Edison on success
227

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison on work
192

The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.

Thomas A. Edison on successful
149

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas A. Edison on satisfaction
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Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.

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

Thomas A. Edison on failure
139

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison on dedication
122

A genius is just a talented person who does his homework.

Thomas A. Edison on homework
103

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

Thomas A. Edison on ideas
100

You cannot realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.

Thomas A. Edison on dreams
93

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

Thomas A. Edison on failure
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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

About Thomas A. Edison

Name Thomas A. Edison
Quotes 71 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Inventor
Birthday February 11, 1847
About 
Top topics work, failure, success, people, world

What you are will show in what you do.

Thomas A. Edison on actions
23

There's a way to do better... find it.

Thomas A. Edison on excellence
19

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 A. Edison on beings
19

Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something.

Thomas A. Edison on business
17

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.

Thomas A. Edison on worth
16

I start where the last man left off.

Thomas A. Edison on excellence
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Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

Thomas A. Edison on solitude
13

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas A. Edison on work
11

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.

Thomas A. Edison on ideas
11

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Thomas A. Edison on discontent
10

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.

Thomas A. Edison on avoid
10

We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything.

Thomas A. Edison on millionth
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

Thomas A. Edison on work
9

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

Thomas A. Edison on failed
9

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

Thomas A. Edison on ability
8

What man's mind can create, man's character can control.

Thomas A. Edison on character
8

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

Thomas A. Edison on opportunity
8

The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around

Thomas A. Edison on body
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I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison on potential
7

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.

Thomas A. Edison on work
7

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Thomas A. Edison on ideas
5

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

Thomas A. Edison on life
5

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

Thomas A. Edison on friendship
5

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Thomas A. Edison on inventing
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I have not failed, Ive just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas A. Edison on patience
4

The best thinking has been done in solitude.

Thomas A. Edison on solitude
4

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.

Thomas A. Edison on results
4

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

Thomas A. Edison on worry
4

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.

Thomas A. Edison on maturity
4

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define;

Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.

Thomas A. Edison on genius
3

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 A. Edison on progress
3

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 A. Edison on thinking
3

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent.

Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

Thomas A. Edison on inventing
3

There ain't no rules around here, we're trying to accomplish something.

Thomas A. Edison on effort
2

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 A. Edison on excess
2

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

Thomas A. Edison on imagination
2

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.

Thomas A. Edison on develops
1

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

Thomas A. Edison on hard
1