Authors - Thomas A. Edison

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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. - Wikipedia

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Quote 45by Anonymous on 09/12/2010

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
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    Quote 274by Anonymous on 24/12/2010

    Great ideas originate in the muscles.
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      Quote 993by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

      I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
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        Quote 1311by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

        Religion is all bunk.
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          Quote 1315by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

          Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
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            Quote 1362by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

            Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
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              Quote 1414by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

              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.
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                Quote 1721by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
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                  Quote 1871by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                  It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
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                    Quote 1893by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                    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.
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                      Quote 1981by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                      To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
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                        Quote 2139by Anonymous on 22/01/2011

                        Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
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                          Quote 2279by Anonymous on 27/01/2011

                          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.
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                            Quote 2508by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                            What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.
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                              Quote 2611by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                              Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
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                                Quote 2803by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                There is time for everything.
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                                  Quote 2844by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                  There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
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                                    Quote 2947by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                    Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
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                                      Quote 2948by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                      The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
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                                        Quote 3090by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                        There's a way to do it better - find it.
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                                          Quote 3482by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                          There is no substitute for hard work.
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                                            Quote 3717by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                            The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
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                                              Quote 3826by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                                              I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
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                                                Quote 3869by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
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                                                  Quote 4325by Anonymous on 19/02/2011

                                                  Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
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                                                    Quote 4407by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                                    There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
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                                                      Quote 4481by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                      We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
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                                                      • Ravi: millonth? of anything? i think that's pushing it

                                                      Quote 4709by Anonymous on 26/02/2011

                                                      Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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                                                        Quote 4864by Anonymous on 02/03/2011

                                                        I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
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                                                          Quote 5766by Anonymous on 26/08/2011

                                                          I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
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                                                            Quote 6525by Anonymous on 23/09/2011

                                                            If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
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                                                              Quote 7570by Anonymous on 27/12/2011

                                                              Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction--faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.
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                                                                Quote 9867by Anonymous on 26/08/2012

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