Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
I start where the last man left off.
Religion is all bunk.
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
We don’t know one-millionth of one percent about anything.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Results? Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
Topics: Success & Failure, Pleasure, Success
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Topics: Discontent, Failure, Satisfaction, Miscellaneous, Difficulties, Progress, Adversity
It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.
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.
Topics: Action, Accomplishment
It is very beautiful over there.
Vision without execution is hallucination.
I am more of a sponge than an inventor. I absorb ideas from every source. I take half-matured schemes for mechanical development and make them practical. I am a sort of a middleman between the long-haired and impractical inventor and the hard-headed business man who measures all things in terms of dollars and cents. My principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant but misdirected ideas of others.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.
Topics: Perseverance, Ideas, Virtues, Persistence
I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge.
Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
There is time for everything.
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