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Thomas Edison Quotes

I hope you find these Thomas Edison Quotes inspiring and motivational.

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

Related topics: Motivational Perseverance Persistence

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

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

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I have friends in overalls
whose friendship I would not swap
for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

Not all Heroes wear capes.
- On an Apple Inc. "Genius Bar" T-shirt

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius may have its limitations,
but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
- E. B. White

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
- Akira Kurosawa

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation
of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
- Winston Churchill

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him
a situation which common sense,
without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
- Walter Lippmann

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

Every true genius is bound to be naive.
- Friedrich Schiller

The lucky person passes for a genius.
- Euripides

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed
in gray than in peacock bright.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly
grows unconsciously into genius.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate
themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a
skill bordering on genius.
- Guy de Maupassant

Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius...
he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much.
- William Godwin

Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.
- Edward Dahlberg

God gives talent.
Work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova

The person who figures out how to harness the collective
genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.
- Walter Wriston

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying
it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary
events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
- Denis Diderot

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty.
It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
- Quentin Crisp

Genius is initiative on fire.
- Holbrook Jackson

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men.
Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
- Denis Diderot

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author,
and I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof
of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of
a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent is a flame.
Genius is a fire.
- Bern Williams

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define;
Of inspiration one percent,
of perspiration, ninety nine.
- Thomas A. Edison

A man possesses talent; genius possesses the man.
- Isaac Stern

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality,
the opening of new frontiers.
- Arthur Koestler

Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is
the coronation of the few.
- Margaret E. Sangster

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited.
Genius coming from reason and imagination,
- Marcus Aurelius

Adlai Stevenson has a genius for saying the right thing,
at the right time, to the wrong people.
- Joe E. Lewis

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
- Robertson Davies

You don't have to be a political genius to sniff the
smell of blood in the water.
- Rich Galen

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish.
Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage
of coal and fish at the same time.
- Aneurin Bevan

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