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Thomas A. Edison
February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931
Nationality: American
Category: Inventor
Subcategory: American Inventor

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.


There's a way to do it better - find it.


What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.


They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.


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


There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.


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.


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


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


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


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


I start where the last man left off.


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


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


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


The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.


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


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


Religion is all bunk.


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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