Thomas Edison Quotes
We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.
Quoted in a statement to a reporter during the first public demonstration of his incandescent (December 31, 1879).
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Harper's Monthly (September 1932 edition); spoken circa 1903.
My mind is incapable of conceiving such a thing as a soul. I may be in error, and man may have a soul; but I simply do not believe it. What a soul may be is beyond my understanding.
"Do We Live Again?" an interview with Edison, in The Illustrated London News (May 3, 1924)
Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I'll show you a failure.
Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I've stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don't know how to steal!
I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up
Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.
There is far more danger in a public monopoly than there is in a private monopoly, for when government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayer. The Government never really goes into business, for it never makes ends meet, and that is the first requisite of business. It just mixes a little business with a lot of politics, and no one ever gets a chance to find out what is actually going on.
There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet-and that is the first requisite of business.