The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.
— Thomas A. Edison
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
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.
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Hell, 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.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
I start where the last man left off.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.
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.
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.
Religion is all bunk.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.
There's a way to do it better - find it.
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.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
What you are will show in what you do.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.