Someday, man will harness the rise and fall of the tides, imprison the power of the sun, and release atomic power. Thomas Edison
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Accordingly, a ‘genius’ is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.
Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….
Barring serious accidents, if you are not preoccupied with worry and you work hard, you can look forward to a reasonably lengthy existence…. Its not the hard work that kills, its the worrying that kills.
As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Pretty much everything will come to him who hustles while he waits. I believe that restlessness is discontent, and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Our schools are not teaching students to think. It is astonishing how many young people have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work….
I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident…. Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work.
The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand – without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it….
Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.
Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short cat naps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.
Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises that the listeners do not perceive.