24 Spectacular Thomas A. Edison Quotes

Thomas Edison is an American inventor and businessman, oftentimes referred to as one of America’s greatest inventors. Edison was known for applying the principles of mass production and is credited with the creating the first industrial research laboratory. A self educated man, Edison had much knowledge to share in his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the most influential Thomas A. Edison quotes to remember.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

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

“Great ideas originate in the muscles.”

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

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


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

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

“I start where the last man left off.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

“There is far more opportunity than there is ability.”

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

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

“What you are will show in what you do.”

“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”

Here is a short biography of Thomas Edison as it takes a look at how the world was changed by the invention of the light bulb and movie camera.