Inspiration for Innovation

Thomas Edison was one of the most prolific inventors in our history with 1093 US patents to his name.

As well as his inventions he also left much wisdom.  Here are my top 12 quotations from the man himself to inspire us all.



“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”


“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”


“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!”


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


“To have a great idea, have a lot of them. “


“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”


“Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”


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


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”


“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”


“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged. “

For a more stylistic slideshow of these quotes click here

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