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Thomas Edison

1847-1934 ,  American inventor
Thomas EdisonAmerican inventor who, singly or jointly, held a world record 1,093 patents. In addition, he created the world’s first industrial research laboratory.
He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb.

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

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

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

It is absurd to say our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.

The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way.

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

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

I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it.

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious ideas of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.

I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.

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

When you've exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You Haven't!

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

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

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

The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.

The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.

Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.

A man’s best friend is a good wife.

Before you reject an idea, find at least five good things about it.

A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.

The First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success.

Personal Stories

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

I failed my way to success.


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