Authors - Thomas A. Edison
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
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
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.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
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.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
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.
What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
There is time for everything.
There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
There's a way to do it better - find it.
There is no substitute for hard work.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
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.
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
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.
Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction--faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.