40 Motivating Thomas Edison Quotes

Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Edison rose from modest beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology. Setting up a lab in Menlo Park, some of the products he developed included the telegraph, phonograph, electric light bulb, alkaline storage batteries and Kinetograph (a camera for motion pictures). He died on October 18, 1931, in West Orange, New Jersey. A savvy businessman, he held more than a 1,000 patents for his inventions.

He died of complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, in his home, “Glenmont,” in West Orange, New Jersey. He was 84 years old. Many communities and corporations throughout the world dimmed their lights or briefly turned off their electrical power to commemorate his passing.

Today we will emphasize beautiful Thomas Edison quotes on hard work, inventions, and healthy motivated brain.

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


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


3. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


4. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”


5. “There is no substitute for hard work.”


6. “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.”


7. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”


8. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”


9. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”


10. “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.”


11. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”


12. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”


13. “What you are will show in what you do.”


14. “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.”


15. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”


16. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”


17. “There’s a way to do it better – find it.”


18. “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”


19. “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”


20. “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.”


21. “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”


22. “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!”


23. “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”


24. “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”


25. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”


26. “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.”


27. “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.”


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



29. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”


30. “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.”


31. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”


32. “To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.”


33. “One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”


34. “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.”


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


36. “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”


37. “Great ideas originate in the muscles.”


38. “I start where the last man left off.”


39. “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”


40. “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.”

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