Favorite Quotes: Thomas Edison on Work, Success and Inventing

Thomas Edison Quotes on Work

Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb
Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb

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

There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Quotes on Success

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

One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. – Thomas Edison

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

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Quotes on Inventing

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

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

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison

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

Favorite Quotes: Winston Churchill on Optimism and Pessimism

Winston Churchill on Optimism and Pessimism
Winston Churchill on Optimism and Pessimism

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

Portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh

Favorite Quotes: Buddhist and Zen Proverbs on Why Worrying is Pointless

Buddhist monks and Zen practitioners have a proverb or saying on why there is no use in worrying. Worrying about something is pointless.

The Buddhist proverb on worrying:

“If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” – Buddhist proverb

The Zen saying on worrying:

“If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved.” – Zen saying

Favorite Quotes: Chinese Proverb on the Best Time to Plant a Tree

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

Here is one of my favorite quotes. I find this proverb very inspiring in many ways.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”Chinese Proverb

What this quote means to me

The message I get out of this is that it’s never to late to accomplish the things you want to accomplish.

In every day life we all have things we want to do. Maybe our personal goals or something we have always wanted to do, some place to see, or something to accomplish. We could have tried to accomplish it sooner, which may have been a better time, but we can still accomplish those things today — now. This quote inspires me to get out there and do all the things I want to do.

The investor in me views the trees as investments. The best time to start investing was 20 years ago. The second best time to start investing is now. There’s another quote regarding investing that also fits with this: “It’s not timing the market, it’s time in the market.” Time in the market basically means the longer you have investments, the longer your investments have been growing and making you money.

Inspiration

Overall, I think this is a great inspirational quote. We all have trees we want to plant. We shouldn’t give up hope, since we can still plant our tree today.