“When Thomas Edison’s factory burned to the ground in 1914, destroying one-of-a-kind prototypes and causing $23 million in damage, Edison’s response was simple: "Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start fresh again.”

Thomas A. Edison

“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

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

“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.” 

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

“I have always regarded Paine as one of the greatest of all Americans. Never have we had a sounder intelligence in this republic ... It was my good fortune to encounter Thomas Paine's works in my boyhood ... it was, indeed, a revelation to me to read that great thinker's views on political and theological subjects. Paine educated me, then, about many matters of which I had never before thought. I remember, very vividly, the flash of enlightenment that shone from Paine's writings, and I recall thinking, at that time, 'What a pity these works are not today the schoolbooks for all children!' My interest in Paine was not satisfied by my first reading of his works. I went back to them time and again, just as I have done since my boyhood days.”

Thomas A. Edison

“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

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

“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.

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Thomas A. Edison


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