Top 40 Best Inspiring Thomas A. Edison Quotes

Thomas A. Edison Quotes: Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. We hope you enjoy our list of the best Thomas Edison quotes below.

Common Asked Questions about Thomas Edison

When was Thomas Edison born?

Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847

When did Thomas Edison die?

Thomas Edison died on October 18, 1931, in West Orange, New Jersey.

Our Favorite Thomas A. Edison Quotes

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

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

“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.”

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“There are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.”

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

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

“The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. It should be the primary purpose of our public schools. The mind of a child is naturally active, it develops through exercise. Give a child plenty of exercise, for body and brain. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.”

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

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

“To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction.”

“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”

“I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it”

“There's a way to do it better - find it.”

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


“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”

“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”

“We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

“All bibles are man-made.”

“There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking.”

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

“Opportunity is often missed because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“So far as the religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake ... Religion is all bunk.”

“I have never failed, I've only shown the way I did it before doesn't work.”

“I told [John Kruesi] I was going to record talking, and then have the machine talk back. He thought it absurd. However, it was finished, the foil was put on; I then shouted 'Mary had a little lamb', etc. I adjusted the reproducer, and the machine reproduced it perfectly.

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

“As Edison is credited with saying, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." We all want to be successful, but most of us aren't willing to do what those who are successful did to attain it. We want success without sacrifice, but you can't have one without the other!”

“Blablabla I know right”

“There is no substitute for hard work”