Thomas Alva Edison Quotes

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.

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.

Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent.

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

I thank the host this evening for his kind remarks but I must insist upon one minor correction. God invented the talking machine. I only invented the first one that can be shut off. (at a dinner, the toastmaster mentioned his many inventions, dwelling at length on the talking machine.)

The inventor tries to meet the demand of a crazy civilization.

Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

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