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Thomas Edison Quotes

Updated on October 11, 2014

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Thomas Alva Edison lived from February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931 and was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that created the world culture and influenced life as we know it. His inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Thomas Edison has created 1,093 US patents and has made it to fourth place in highest number of inventions.

Thomas Edison speaks of how important hard work pays off. You don't become who you are in life without putting as much as you can into your work.

Thomas Edison Quotes:

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison

You must have inspiration to accomplish something and once you gain that you must never give up. You will have to work as hard you can and put some perspiration or sweat into your work.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas A. Edison

You will achieve all of your goals in life if you work hard and remain patient. You must never give up no matter how long it takes you. The problem is most people give up when they don't see results. Results always take time. If you write on HubPages you will understand this.

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Thomas A. Edison

If you create something and aren't satisfied, it will motivate you to make it better. Always keep evolving in your work.

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

People love being praised by other people. We need our egos to be fed. When you create something that benefits or helps other people you will feel great pride. It is always a good feeling to help others.

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Edison Quotes

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

Most people are nay sayers. Just because they can't do something they feel the need to put down others. Well success takes time and is not done over night. It all comes down to trial and error.

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison

You have to do what you enjoy. It is so hard working a job you can not stand. I know I have been there. Find what you enjoy and do it. It is the best feeling in the world, it isn't work.

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

If you invent or come up with an idea and it doesn't come out the way you intended that is okay. This will bring you to a new idea. Most inventions are created this way. You start off with one idea and it turns into something completely different, but it no necessarily bad, just different.

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Thomas A. Edison

Inventions don't come by accident. Your ideas might change as you work but it is the work that brings inventions. Without people trying different things there wouldn't be any progress. Success comes through trial and error, learning and education.


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I, so much, agree. Success is always 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.