Inspirational Quotes by Thomas Edison

Words of Wisdom


Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and other well-known inventions, had many failures before he succeeded as one of the most well-known inventors in our history. There are many words of wisdom from him, from which we can learn. Here are some of his top inspirational quotes:

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

"I have no failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

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

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

 "If we did all the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

"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."

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

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

"I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."

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

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

"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 just try one more time."

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't."

"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."

"I start where the last man left off."

These inspirational quotes from Thomas Edison teach us that to achieve a certain level of success in life we have to work for it. It's not enough to have an idea. It's not enough to try once, twice, even a multitude of times. Success isn't easy, and there will be many failures along the way. Through Thomas Edison's words of wisdom, however, we learn that success is achievable with the right dedication.




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