Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
American inventor, inventor of the electric light bulb.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
There's a way to do better... find it.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth-while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
(about Possibilities and Creativity)
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
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!
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.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
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.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
I start where the last man left off.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Resource: 1. http://en.proverbia.net/citasautor.asp?autor=12230
Dear ESE members,
I would like to share with you some famous sayings by the fourth profilic inventor in history. Each saying is categorized in different topic according to my understand of it. However, Edison's saying may contain various meanings, therefore you should attempt to work out the meaning by yourselves.
Enjoy your reading,