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Thomas Alva Edison’s Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

Today, I will be sharing with you some of Thomas Alva Edison's quotes and business lessons. I hold the advice and words of Thomas Edison in high esteem because it was on these same words that General Electric, one of the most powerful companies in the world was founded. But before we learn from Thomas Edison, let’s take a quick review of his bio.

Short Bio of Thomas Alva Edison: Thomas Edison was labeled dumb and scatterbrain by his school teachers but he went on to become one of the world's greatest inventors and founded General Electric; one of the most powerful companies in the world. Thomas Edison is on our list of school drop out billionaires.

Born in 1847, Thomas Edison worked on the railroad selling snacks and printing his own newspaper between the age of 12 and 15. At the age of 15, he went to work for the telegraph company and worked there till he turned 22.

In 1869 at the age of 22, Thomas Edison received his first patent and went on to construct his own Laboratory in New Jersey, 1876. He invented the phonograph in 1878; invented the electric bulb in 1879 and went on to install a complete electrical system in New York in 1882.

Thomas Alva Edison will be remembered for his incandescent light bulb invention and his unyielding persistence. Below are some of Thomas Alva Edison’s quotes, business lessons and strategies for creativity.

                Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

 

1.            "Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility and utility is success."

2.            "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."

3.            "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."

4.            "Discontent is the first necessity of progress."

5.            "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

6.            "Genius is one percent inspiration; and ninety nine percent perspiration."

7.            "Great ideas originate in the muscles."

8.            "Hell, there are no rules here. We are trying to accomplish something."

9.            "I find my greatest pleasure and so my reward, in the work that preceded what the world calls success."

10.          "I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill."

Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

 

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

12.          "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

13.          "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's mathematical in its precision."

14.          "I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."

15.          "I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."

16.          "I start where the last man left off."

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

18.          "It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their definitely and systematically to work."

19.          "Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it is useless."

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

Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

 

21.          "Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth."

22.          "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."

23.          "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."

24.          "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

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

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

27.          "Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousands things that won't work."

28.          "The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil."

29.          "The body is a community made up of innumerable cells or inhabitants."

30.          "The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around."

                Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

 

31.          "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense."

32           "The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

33.          "There is far more opportunity than there is ability."

34.          "There is no expedient to which a man will not go, to avoid the labor of thinking."

35.          "There is no substitute for hard work."

36.          "There is a way to do it better – find it."

37.          "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."

38.          "They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward."

39.          "If you must have a great idea, have a lot of them."

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

                Thomas Alva Edison's Quotes: Strategies for Creativity from the founder of General Electric

 

41.          "To my mind, the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity."

42.          "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."

43.          "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."

44.          "What a man's mind can create, man's character can control."

45.          "What you are will show in what you do."

46.          "When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes."

47.          "Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have."

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