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Importance of Thomas Edison's Quotes 


Thomas Edison was a renowned inventor and businessman who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of modern technology. Throughout his lifetime, he made numerous important contributions to fields such as electrical power, motion pictures, and telecommunications, among others. As a result, many of Edison's quotes about innovation, entrepreneurship and perseverance have become famous and are still widely referenced today.


The quotes below remain important because they inspire others to think creatively, work hard and pursue their passions.

Famous Quotes by Thomas Edison


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

“There are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.”

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

"There's a better way to do - Find it."

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

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”​

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

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

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

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

“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. ”

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

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

“A genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”

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

“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. I wish I had more years left.”

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

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

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

"Nothing is impossible. We merely don't know how to do it yet."

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

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

"Science works slowly, even though it discover the marvelous, the unlooked for."

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