Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-02-11 1931-10-18) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life worldwide into the 21st century.
Found 25 thoughts of Thomas Alva Edison

Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you're working on.

Thomas Alva Edison

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.

Thomas Alva Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas Alva Edison

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.

Thomas Alva Edison

Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something.

Thomas Alva Edison

Most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

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!

Thomas Alva Edison

There is always a better way.

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Alva Edison

If there is a way to do it better...find it.

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

Thomas Alva Edison

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

Thomas Alva Edison

What man's mind can create, man's character can control.

Thomas Alva Edison

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas Alva Edison

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Thomas Alva Edison

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

Thomas Alva Edison

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!

Thomas Alva Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Alva Edison