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Alexander Graham Bell Quotes


An eminent scientist, inventor and innovator most noted as the inventor of the telephone.
(1847 - 1922)

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.
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America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.
[America]
 

Armies do not protect against the aerial way.
[Aviation]
 

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
 

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
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Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.
[Science]
 

Man is a wealth grubber, man is a pleasure seeker; man is a power wielder; man is a thinker, and man is a creative lover.
[Man]
 

Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids.
[Against]
 

Perseverance must have some practical end, or it does not avail the man possessing it. A person without a practical end in view becomes a crank or an idiot. Such persons fill our asylums.
[Perseverance]
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Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.
 

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.
 

The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.
 

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
 

When one door closes another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
[Regrets]