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Alexander Graham Bell quotes

1847 - 1922, Scottish-American scientist, engineer and inventor

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is
open.
Alexander Graham Bell

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes
of himself.
Alexander Graham Bell

America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.
Alexander Graham Bell

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until
brought to 
a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady
accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider
and wider – and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation.
Alexander Graham Bell

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
Alexander Graham Bell

When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon
the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

What this power is I cannot say, all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only
when a man
is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully
determined not to quit until he finds it.
Alexander Graham Bell

Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of
animal desires.
Alexander Graham Bell

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.
Alexander Graham Bell

The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.
Alexander Graham Bell

Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone. Leave the beaten
track occasionally and dive into the woods. You'll be certain to find something you have never
seen before.
Alexander Graham Bell

The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.
Alexander Graham Bell