Thomas Edison Quotes

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


“It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.” – Thomas Edison


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


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


Great ideas originate in the muscles.


Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.


There seems to be no limit to which some men will go to avoid the labor of thinking. Thinking is hard work.


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.


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


Oh these mathematicians make me tired! When you ask them to work out a sum they take a piece of paper, cover it with rows of A’s, B’s, and X’s and Y’s … scatter a mess of flyspecks over them, and then give you an answer that’s all wrong!


I have a peculiar theory about radium, and I believe it is the correct one. I believe that there is some mysterious ray pervading the universe that is fluorescing to it. In other words, that all its energy is not self-constructed but that there is a mysterious something in the atmosphere that scientists have not found that is drawing out those infinitesimal atoms and distributing them forcefully and indestructibly.


The injurious agent in cigarettes comes principally from the burning paper wrapper. The substance thereby formed is called “acrolein.” It has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics, this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable. I employ no person who smokes cigarettes.


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.


The Doctor of the Future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.


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


I start where the last man left off.


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


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


When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.


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


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


To have a great idea, have a lot of them.


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


The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.


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


Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.


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.


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.


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.


Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.