Thomas Edison Quotes

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

"I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident...."

"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."

"The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me...."

"I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it."

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

"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

"The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast."

"Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything."

"Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man's character."

"I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe."

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

"I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator."

"Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose..."

"The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness....."

"Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

"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...."

"Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."

"Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation."

"During all those years of experimentation and research, I never once made a discovery. All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention, pure and simple."

"I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work."

"Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking all day from one laboratory table to another. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf."

"Pretty much everything will come to him who hustles while he waits. I believe that restlessness is discontent, and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."

Compiled by Thomas George