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Thomas A. Edison Quotes


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I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
[Work]
 

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

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

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

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

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.
[Fun]
 

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
[Work]
 

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 start where the last man left off.
 

If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
 

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
[Peace]
 

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.
[Business]
 

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

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
 

My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.
 

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
 

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.
 

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
 


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