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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. Thomas Edison

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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

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What you are will show in what you do. Thomas Edison

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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

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

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

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

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There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison

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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. Thomas Edison

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

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Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Edison

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

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There is far more opportunity than there is ability. Thomas Edison

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

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

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I start where the last man left off. Thomas Edison

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

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

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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Great ideas originate in the muscles. Thomas Edison

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

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The best thinking has been done in solitude. Thomas Edison

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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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. Thomas Edison

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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. Thomas Edison

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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! Thomas Edison

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

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

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Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas Edison

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There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking. Thomas Edison

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

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

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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

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

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After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk a mile. Thomas Edison

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

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

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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. Thomas Edison

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