Thomas Edison Quotes

Be courageous! Have faith! Go forward.

I failed my way to success.

The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.

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

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.

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


I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

There is time for everything.

My principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant – but misdirected – ideas of others.

I am quite correctly described as ‘more of a sponge than an inventor.

The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.

There is always a better way.

Life’s most soothing things are a child’s goodnight and sweet music.

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.

Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here; we’re just trying to accomplish something.

My main purpose in life is to make money so I can afford to go on creating more inventions….

I am 67, but I’m not too old to make a fresh start.

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.

Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.

The greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child.