Thomas Alva Edison Quotes

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.)

We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.

The ideas I use are mostly the ideas of people who don’t develop them.

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

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

The first step is an intuition and it comes with a burst, then difficulties arise – this thing gives out and then that – ‘Bugs’ – as such little faults and difficulties are called – show themselves, and months of intense watching, study and labor are requisite before commercial success – or failure – is […]

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!

When down in the mouth, remember Jonah. He came out all right.

What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.

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