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1847 - 1931, American inventor

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
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I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas A. Edison

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
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If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
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The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second,
stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
Thomas A. Edison

What you are will show in what you do.
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We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.
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Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good
imagination and invent something.
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I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of
the world.
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My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions. The
dove is my emblem. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it. I am proud of
the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill.
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Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
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The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to
one problem incessantly without growing weary.
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I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.
Thomas A. Edison

As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to
worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work
very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
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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.
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Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
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Our schools are not teaching students to think. It is astonishing how many young people
have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work.
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There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking.
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Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other
eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
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Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
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Vision without execution is hallucination.
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If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of
incalculable value.
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The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of
the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
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When you exhaust all possibilities, remember this: You haven't.
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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.
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Everybody steals in commerce and industry. I've stolen a lot myself. But I know how to steal.
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I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
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Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one
more time.
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I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.
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I failed my way to success.
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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.
Thomas A. Edison

People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but how often they succeed.
Thomas A. Edison

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