Quotes by Thomas A. Edison


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

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.
– Thomas A. Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas A. Edison
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
– Thomas A. Edison
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 A. Edison
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
– Thomas A. Edison
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
– Thomas A. Edison
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
– Thomas A. Edison
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
– Thomas A. Edison
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
– Thomas A. Edison
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
– Thomas A. Edison
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded isanother step forward.
– Thomas A. Edison
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
– Thomas A. Edison
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
– Thomas A. Edison
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 A. Edison
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
– Thomas A. Edison
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
– Thomas A. Edison
I start where the last man left off.
– Thomas A. Edison
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
– Thomas A. Edison
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
– Thomas A. Edison