166 Best Thomas Alva Edison’s Quotes

166 Best Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of Thomas A. Edison’s 166 best and famous inspirational quotes and sayings on health, technology, perseverance, and success.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) is a great American inventor. Besides, he was a businessman and the founder of the first industrial research laboratory.

His prominent works are in mass communication, motion pictures, electronic power generation, and sound recording technology.

Edison was the first to use the concepts of teamwork and organized science principles for his invention processes.

His various advanced inventions of that time give a new way to the development of technology. Furthermore, his inventions like motion the picture camera, phonograph, and the light bulb turned the traditional industries into modern.

So, let’s start exploring these 166 best quotes by Thomas Edison that you’ll love to read.

Thomas Edison Inspirational Quotes

  1. “Continued innovation is the best way to beat the competition.” — Thomas A. Edison
  2. “Two percent is genius and ninety-eight percent. is hard work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  3. “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.” — Thomas A. Edison
  4. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas A. Edison
  5. “Every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” — Thomas A. Edison
  6. “The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.” — Thomas A. Edison
  7. “This problem, once solved, will be simple.” — Thomas A. Edison
  8. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” — Thomas A. Edison
  9. “The radio craze will die out in time.” — Thomas A. Edison
  10. “I was always afraid of things that worked the first time. Long experience proved that there were great drawbacks found generally before they could be got commercial; but here was something there was no doubt of.” — Thomas A. Edison
  11. “When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out all right.” — Thomas A. Edison
  12. “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.” — Thomas A. Edison
  13. “My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.” — Thomas A. Edison
  14. “A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result.” — Thomas A. Edison
  15. “What you are will show in what you do.” — Thomas A. Edison
  16. “Do the thing, and the power will come.” — Thomas A. Edison
  17. “Sleep is like a drug. Take too much at a time, and it makes you dopey. You lose time and opportunities.” — Thomas A. Edison
  18. “I do not believe in the God of the theologians, but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.” — Thomas A. Edison
  19. “The man who doesn’t make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life.” — Thomas A. Edison
  20. “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.” — Thomas A. Edison
  21. “Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.” — Thomas A. Edison
  22. “The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.” — Thomas A. Edison
  23. “From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day; from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.” — Thomas A. Edison
  24. “I’ve realized that most of my best ideas have followed a good night’s sleep.” — Thomas A. Edison
  25. “I am 67, but I’m not too old to make a fresh start.” — Thomas A. Edison
  26. “I am long on ideas but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.” — Thomas A. Edison
  27. “When you become quiet, it just dawns on you.” — Thomas A. Edison
  28. “I never view mistakes as failures. They are simply opportunities to find out what doesn’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  29. “The money one gets for selling one’s soul is always spent in deadening one’s conscience, so the net gain at the end of a lifetime is no greater than if the diabolic bargain had not been struck.” — Thomas A. Edison
  30. “There is a better way for everything. Find it.” — Thomas A. Edison
  31. “I do not believe any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.” — Thomas A. Edison
  32. “Friendship is the heaven of life.” — Thomas A. Edison
  33. “A lawsuit is the suicide of time.” — Thomas A. Edison
  34. “Radio is just a fashion contrivance that will soon die out. It is obvious that there never will be invented a proper receiver!” — Thomas A. Edison
  35. “Consider data without prejudice.” — Thomas A. Edison
  36. “My mother was the making of me.” — Thomas A. Edison
  37. “For faith, as well-intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction – faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.” — Thomas A. Edison
  38. “Youth doesn’t take advice.” — Thomas A. Edison
  39. “If I had not had so much ambition and not tried to do so many things, I probably would have been happier, but less useful.” — Thomas A. Edison
  40. “The strength of the Constitution lies in the will of the people to defend it.” — Thomas A. Edison
  41. “The dove is my emblem.” — Thomas A. Edison
  42. “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.” — Thomas A. Edison
  43. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” — Thomas A. Edison
  44. “The trouble with most people is that they quit before they start.” — Thomas A. Edison
  45. “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” — Thomas A. Edison
  46. “Being busy does not always mean real work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  47. “Education isn’t play – and it can’t be made to look like play. It is hard, hard work. But it can be made interesting work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  48. “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.” — Thomas A. Edison
  49. “First be sure a thing is wanted or needed, then go ahead.” — Thomas A. Edison
  50. “The endeavor to change universal power by selfish supplication I do not believe in.” — Thomas A. Edison
  51. “I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them.” — Thomas A. Edison
  52. “Work while others are wishing.” — Thomas A. Edison
  53. “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” — Thomas A. Edison
  54. “I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” — Thomas A. Edison
  55. “A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.” — Thomas A. Edison
  56. “Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I’ve stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don’t know how to steal!” — Thomas A. Edison
  57. “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.” — Thomas A. Edison
  58. “The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world.” — Thomas A. Edison
  59. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” — Thomas A. Edison
  60. “A man’s best friend is a good wife.” — Thomas A. Edison
  61. “To do much clear thinking, a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction.” — Thomas A. Edison
  62. “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”
  63. “Absorb ideas from every source.” — Thomas A. Edison
  64. “I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others.” — Thomas A. Edison
  65. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” — Thomas A. Edison
  66. “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” — Thomas A. Edison
  67. “I have determined that there is no market for talking pictures.” — Thomas A. Edison
  68. “To my mind, the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.” — Thomas A. Edison
  69. “There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet, and that is the first requisite of business.” — Thomas A. Edison
  70. “Nothing that’s good works by itself, you’ve got to make the damn thing work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  71. “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” — Thomas A. Edison
  72. “I start where the last man left off.” — Thomas A. Edison
  73. “Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.” — Thomas A. Edison
  74. “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” — Thomas A. Edison
  75. “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.” — Thomas A. Edison
  76. “The stomach is the only part of man which can be fully satisfied. The yearning of man’s brain for new knowledge and experience and for more pleasant and comfortable surroundings never can be completely met. It is an appetite which cannot be appeased.” — Thomas A. Edison
  77. “Great ideas originate in the muscles.” — Thomas A. Edison
  78. “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas A. Edison
  79. “The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.” — Thomas A. Edison
  80. “The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.” — Thomas A. Edison
  81. “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 A. Edison
  82. “Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.” — Thomas A. Edison
  83. “I am a vegetarian as well as a passionate anti-alcoholic because I can thus make better use of my brain.” — Thomas A. Edison
  84. “Life’s most soothing things are a child’s goodnight and sweet music.” — Thomas A. Edison
  85. “The inventor can’t do it all; you’ve got to change people. We have an enormous capacity to invent super machinery. But our desire to install the device is weak. Human inertia is the problem, not invention. Something in man makes him resist change.” — Thomas A. Edison
  86. “I have better use for my brain than to poison it with alcohol. To put alcohol in the human brain is like putting sand in the bearings of an engine.” — Thomas A. Edison
  87. “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.” — Thomas A. Edison
  88. “Tomorrow is my exam, but I don’t care because a single sheet of paper can’t decide my future.” — Thomas A. Edison
  89. “A genius is a talented person who does his homework.” — Thomas A. Edison
  90. “What is a college? An institute of learning. What is a business? An institute of learning. Life, itself, is an institute of learning.” — Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison Quotes About Technology

  1. “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.” — Thomas A. Edison
  2. “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” — Thomas A. Edison
  3. “Focus on how the end-user customers perceive the impact of your innovation – rather than on how you, the innovators, perceive it.” — Thomas A. Edison
  4. “Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun.” — Thomas A. Edison
  5. “We have merely scratched the surface of the store of knowledge which will come to us. I believe that we are now, a-tremble on the verge of vast discoveries – discoveries so wondrously important they will upset the present trend of human thought and start it along completely new lines.” — Thomas A. Edison
  6. “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” — Thomas A. Edison
  7. “I think that Ingersoll had all the attributes of a perfect man, and, in my opinion, no finer personality ever existed. Judging from the past, I cannot help thinking that the intention of the Supreme Intelligence that rules the world is to ultimately make such a type of man universal.” — Thomas A. Edison
  8. “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
  9. “I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.” — Thomas A. Edison
  10. “I did not fail two thousand times. I merely found two thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.” — Thomas A. Edison
  11. “I believe that the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.” — Thomas A. Edison
  12. “None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met, and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” — Thomas A. Edison
  13. “To Monsieur Eiffel the Engineer, the brave builder of so gigantic and original a specimen of modern Engineering from one who has the greatest respect and admiration for all Engineers including the Great Engineer the Bon Dieu.” — Thomas A. Edison
  14. “M. A. Rosanoff: Mr. Edison, please tell me what laboratory rules you want me to observe. Edison: There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish some!” — Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison Quotes on Perseverance

  1. “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” — Thomas A. Edison
  2. “There are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” — Thomas A. Edison
  3. “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think, and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” — Thomas A. Edison
  4. “Large portions of life’s disappointments are individuals who did not understand that they were so near achievement when they surrendered.” — Thomas A. Edison
  5. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  6. “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  7. “If we all did the things, we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison
  8. “There is no substitute for hard work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  9. “We haven’t failed. We now know a thousand things that won’t work, so we are much closer to finding what will.” — Thomas A. Edison
  10. “Of the 200 light bulbs that didn’t work, every failure told me something that I was able to incorporate into the next attempt.” — Thomas A. Edison
  11. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” — Thomas A. Edison
  12. “I never did a day’s work in my life; it was all fun.” — Thomas A. Edison
  13. “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.” — Thomas A. Edison
  14. “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  15. “I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe.” — Thomas A. Edison
  16. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” — Thomas A. Edison
  17. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” — Thomas A. Edison
  18. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” — Thomas A. Edison
  19. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.” — Thomas A. Edison
  20. “My success is due more to my ability to work continuously on one thing without stopping than to any other single quality.” — Thomas A. Edison
  21. “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” — Thomas A. Edison
  22. “Most of my ideas belonged to other people who never bothered to develop them.” — Thomas A. Edison
  23. “Vision without execution is delusion.” — Thomas A. Edison
  24. “There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thinking is hard work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  25. “Accomplishing something provides the only real satisfaction in life.” — Thomas A. Edison
  26. “An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” — Thomas A. Edison
  27. “I never quit until I get what I want.” — Thomas A. Edison
  28. “I would rather have one man with enthusiasm working with me than ten who are complacent.” — Thomas A. Edison
  29. “Every failure is a lesson learned about your strategy.” — Thomas A. Edison
  30. “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.” — Thomas A. Edison
  31. “No, I haven’t failed thousands of times. On the contrary, I have successfully eliminated thousands of ideas that do not work!” — Thomas A. Edison
  32. “To get a great idea, come up with lots of them.” — Thomas A. Edison
  33. “I think work is the world’s greatest fun.” — Thomas A. Edison
  34. “Never Say I Failed 99 Times, Say I Discovered 99 Ways Which Causes Failure!” — Thomas A. Edison
  35. “Each time you fail, you have eliminated another wrong option.” — Thomas A. Edison
  36. “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.” — Thomas A. Edison
  37. “Seeming to do is not doing.” — Thomas A. Edison
  38. “The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  39. “Sticking to it is the genius.” — Thomas A. Edison
  40. “Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.” — Thomas A. Edison
  41. “As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.” — Thomas A. Edison
  42. “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” — Thomas A. Edison
  43. “Failure is the most effective technique to optimize strategic planning, implementation, and processes.” — Thomas A. Edison
  44. “Because I readily absorb ideas from every source – frequently starting where the last person left off – I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.” — Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison Quotes on Success

  1. “I failed my way to success.” — Thomas A. Edison
  2. “The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.” — Thomas A. Edison
  3. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas A. Edison
  4. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison
  5. “Success depends on how many experiments you can fit into 24 hours.” — Thomas A. Edison
  6. “Never be discouraged, because every wrong turn attempt, when left behind you, is another step forward taking you closer to your goals.” — Thomas A. Edison
  7. “Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don’t work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they’ll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they’ll wake up someday and find themselves rich. Actually, they’ve got it half right, because eventually, they do wake up.” — Thomas A. Edison
  8. “I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.” — Thomas A. Edison
  9. “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 A. Edison
  10. “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  11. “Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” — Thomas A. Edison
  12. “The First 40 hours of work per week are for survival. Everything after that is for success.” — Thomas A. Edison
  13. “Success is the result of hard work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  14. “The real measure of success is the number of experiments that can be crowded into 24 hours.” — Thomas A. Edison
  15. “Success is based on imagination plus ambition and the will to work.” — Thomas A. Edison
  16. “The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus…” — Thomas A. Edison
  17. “People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but by how often they succeed. Every wrong step is another step forward.” — Thomas A. Edison
  18. “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” — Thomas A. Edison

What was Thomas A. Edison’s motto?

There was no set motto of Thomas Edison’s. However, his most famous quote was, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

Edison’s most of the sayings show his great emphasis on hard work to achieve success in life. So, we can mention hard work as his motto. Another of his quote that exactly depicts his mindset is:

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

What were Edison’s last words?

The genius inventor Thomas Edison died in 1931 due to severe diabetic issue, and his last words were:

“It’s very beautiful over there. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

What is the meaning of “genius is 1 inspiration and 99 perspiration”?

This famous phrase by Thomas Edison and has a deep meaning behind it. The quote represents that a man can achieve things in life due to hard work only. So, if someone is a genius, it’ll help him only 1% while 99% is his efforts and time to lead him to his goal.

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