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50 Thomas Edison Quotes on Greatness and Innovation

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Thomas Edison was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who is regarded as being one of the most prolific inventors of all time. He had a major impact on modern life, contributing inventions in areas such as electric power generation, communication, motion pictures, and sound recording.

Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Edison would work as a telegraph operator early in his career. He developed many of his early inventions in his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, which he established in 1876.

By the time of his death in 1931, Edison had more than 1,000 patents for his inventions. He is considered one of America’s greatest inventors and will always be remembered as someone who never let failure stop him from achieving his purpose. He persevered until he found what he wanted.

As a man who lived an active and complex life full of projects and business ventures, Edison clearly used his Everyday Power well. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from his life and words of wisdom. In that respect, below are some inspirational Thomas Edison quotes

 

Thomas Edison quotes on greatness and innovation

 

1.) “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

2.) “What you are will show in what you do.”  – Thomas A. Edison

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3.) “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

4.) “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

5.) “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

6.) “Not everything of value in life comes from books– experience the world.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

7.) “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

8.) “Hard work, nothing to divert my thought, clear air and simple food made my life very pleasant.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

9.) “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

10.) “You can’t realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

Thomas Edison quotes on success

 

11.) “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  – Thomas A. Edison

 

12.) “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

13.) “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

14.) “I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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15.) “I don’t live with the past; I am living for to-day and to-morrow.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

16.) “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character should control.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

17.) “I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

18.) “Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

19.) “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

20.) “Success is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration!” – Thomas A. Edison

 

21.) “Good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

Thomas Edison quotes to motivate you to reach your goals

 

22.) “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

23.) “Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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

 

25.) “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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26.) “Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

27.) “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

28.) “I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

29.) “The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

30.) “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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31.) “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

32.) “There’s a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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33.) “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.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

34.) “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

35.) “Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

36.) “The man who doesn’t make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life.” — Thomas Edison

 

37.) “Someday, man will harness the rise and fall of the tides, imprison the power of the sun, and release atomic power.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

38.) “I never view mistakes as failures. They are simply opportunities to find out what doesn’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

39.) “If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

40.) “People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

Other inspirational Thomas Edison quotes

 

41.) “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

42.) “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

43.) “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

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44.) “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

45.) “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

46.) “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

47.) “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

48.) “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

49.) “I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

50.) “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” – Thomas A. Edison

 

Which of these Thomas Edison quotes was your favorite?

Although Thomas Edison is credited with the many tools and conveniences of modern life, he did not have an easy path towards greatness. He started from humble beginnings and worked his way to becoming an inventor of major technology.

As one of the greatest inventors of all time, there’s a lot every one of us can learn from Edison’s life. Hopefully, these words of wisdom from the “Wizard of Menlo Park” have taught and inspired you.

Did you enjoy these Thomas Edison quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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  1. Ban sharma

    September 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    amazing quotes for Thomas Edison this man is great !!

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