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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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135 8
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work. Thomas Edison

59 3
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. Thomas Edison

105 13
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison

55 6
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

44 4
What you are will show in what you do. Thomas Edison

74 11
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas Edison

53 6
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Thomas Edison

38 4
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas Edison

50 7
The value of an idea lies in the using of it. Thomas Edison

41 5
There's a way to do better... find it. Thomas Edison

62 12
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas Edison

30 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 Edison

28 3
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. Thomas Edison

50 11
There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison

35 5
There is far more opportunity than there is ability. Thomas Edison

27 3
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. Thomas Edison

31 4
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. Thomas Edison

37 6
We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything. Thomas Edison

44 11
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun. Thomas Edison

42 10
I start where the last man left off. Thomas Edison

29 4
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. Thomas Edison

38 8
To have a great idea, have a lot of them. Thomas Edison

40 12
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

27 4
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Edison

26 4
Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison

28 5
The best thinking has been done in solitude. Thomas Edison

33 9
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success. Thomas Edison

30 7
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around Thomas Edison

22 3
Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas Edison

28 6
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. Thomas Edison

34 11
Great ideas originate in the muscles. Thomas Edison

25 4
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

26 6
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill. Thomas Edison

23 4
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

24 5
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. Thomas Edison

22 4
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking. Thomas Edison

22 4
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. Thomas Edison

22 4
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants. Thomas Edison

22 4
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

23 5
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

20 3
There ain't no rules around here, we're trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison

22 5
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Thomas Edison

22 5
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work. Thomas Edison

20 5
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth. Thomas Edison

20 5
After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk a mile. Thomas Edison

22 8
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. Thomas Edison

22 9
What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Thomas Edison

20 8
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

19 9
To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity. Thomas Edison

19 9