Thomas Edison

1847 - 1931

A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on people and thought

It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on good, imagination, and needs

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

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on facts, inventions, and weapons

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

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on ethics, evolution, goals, life, and violence

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.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison

It is very beautiful over there.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on failure and work

I have not failed. I have merely found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on character, control, day, death, force, machines, mind, order, science, and war

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 forever. What man's mind can create, man's character can control.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

Source: newspaper interview, August 22, 1921

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on america, bravery, business, courage, faith, fatherhood, and prosperity

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!

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison

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

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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A Quote by Thomas Alva Edison on belief, country, day, effort, inventions, life, men, theory, and work

I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight-hour day and convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. I am glad that the eight-hour day had not been invented when I was a young man. If my life had been made up of eight-hour days, I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal. This country would not amount to as much as it does if the young men of fifty years ago had been afraid that they might earn more than they were paid for.

Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

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