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The Best Thomas Edison Quotes

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A list of the best Thomas Edison quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Thomas Edison quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Thomas Edison quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Thomas Edison should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Thomas Edison quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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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. Perseverance

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

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    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Perseverance

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

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

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

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

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    There is no substitute for hard work. Hard work

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

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

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

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    What you are will show in what you do. Action

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    I start where the last man left off. Excellence

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    There is far more opportunity than there is ability. Opportunity

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

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

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    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. Miracle

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    Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Patience

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    His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. Genius

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

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

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

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    Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Progress

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

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    It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. Thoughts and Thinking

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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. Waste

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    Great ideas originate in the muscles. Ideas

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

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    Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Discontent

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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. Perseverance

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    The best thinking has been done in solitude. Solitude

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

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

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    There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking. Thoughts and Thinking

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    The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants. Body

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    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! Courage

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    I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. Pleasure

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

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    When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes. Perseverance

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

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    One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. Success

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

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

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    To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity. Scarcity

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    Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (For Somebody Else)

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    After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk a mile.

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