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THOMAS ALVA EDISON
American inventor
(1847 - 1931)

Education isn't play--and it can't be made to look like play. It is hard, hard work. But it can be made interesting work.
      - [Education]

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
      - [Success]

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
      - [Genius]

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
      - [Failure]

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

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

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst ahs been done in turmoil.
      - [Thinking]

The stomach is the only part of man which can be fully satisfied. The yearning of man's brain for new knowledge and experience and for more pleasant and comfortable surroundings never can be completely met. It is an appetite which cannot be appeased.
      - [Appetite]

The very first thing an executive must have is a fine memory. Of course it does not follow that a man with a fine memory is necessarily a fine executive. But if he has the memory he has the first qualification, and if he has not the memory nothing else matters.
      - [Memory]

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
      - [Opportunity]

We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.
      - [Complacency]


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