Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaptation to the problem you’re working on.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
You can’t realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.
We don’t know one-millionth of one percent about anything.
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
I start where the last man left off.
Results? Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.
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
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
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: Progress, Satisfaction, Discontent, Failure, Difficulties, Miscellaneous, Adversity
My message to you is: Be courageous! I have lived a long time. I have seen history repeat itself again and again. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has come out stronger and more prosperous. Be as brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward.
Topics: Bravery, Courage to Begin, Courage
We don’t know a millionth of 1 percent about anything.
The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Charles F. Kettering American Inventor
- Alexander Graham Bell Scottish-born American Inventor
- Robert H. Goddard American Inventor
- Soichiro Honda Japanese Inventor
- Friedrich Koenig German Inventor
- Pierre Beaumarchais French Inventor
- Walt Disney American Entrepreneur
- George Washington Carver American Scientist
- An Wang Chinese-born American Engineer
- Benjamin Franklin American Founding Father, Inventor