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