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A collection of motivational quotes and sayings by Thomas Edison on success, failure, hard work, opportunity, wisdom, ethics etc.

48 Motivational Quotes By Thomas Edison That Will Inspire You To Never Give Up

Quick Facts

Famous As
Inventor, Businessman

Born On

Died On

Born In
Milan

Founder / Co Founder
Edison Electric Light Company (General Electric Company)

Died At Age

Thomas Alva Edison, better remembered as an inventor than a businessman, has much to teach or inspire us even today. A prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents, he spent his entire life inventing many practical devices like phonogram, motion picture camera and long-lasting electric bulbs. If you are wondering what led to his phenomenal success all you have to do is to look into his quotes to find the answer. Yes, he had his failures; but he looked at those failures as “10,000 ways that won’t work” and reapplied himself to the job with more gusto. Let us now look into some of his quotes that have been inspiring men and women to try once more and achieve success.

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

- Thomas Edison

They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.

- Thomas Edison

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.

- Thomas Edison

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 Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.

- Thomas Edison

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!

- Thomas Edison

I start where the last man left off.

- Thomas Edison

The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

Religion is all bunk.

- Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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.

- Thomas Edison

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.

- Thomas Edison

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

- Thomas Edison

What you are will show in what you do.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

- Thomas Edison

There's a way to do it better - find it.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

There is no substitute for hard work.

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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

- Thomas Edison

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.

- Thomas Edison

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.

- Thomas Edison