Thomas A. Edison
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
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.
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
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.
We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.
Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
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.
What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.