Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

“Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.”

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.”

“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”

“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.”

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.”

“Walking is man’s best medicine.”

“The art is long, life is short.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There is always a better way.”

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

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

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

“I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.”

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”

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

“We now know a thousand ways not to build a light bulb.”

“Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.”

“I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.”

“Be courageous! Have faith! Go Forward!”

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

“Most people don’t recognize opportunity when it comes, because it’s usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.”

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

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!”

“I’m proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”

“Great ideas originate in the muscles.”

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

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

“The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.”

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

“Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”

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

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.”

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

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

“What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”

“Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”

“Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.”

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”

“I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.”

“If there is a way to do it better…find it.”

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent.”

“Religion is all bunk.”

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

“I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.”

“Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.”

“The ideas I use are mostly the ideas of people who don’t develop them.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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!”

“Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.”

“You can’t realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.”

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