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January 23 , 2010

Thomas Edison: Life & Words


This book is an anthology of 92 quotes from Thomas Edison and 70 selected facts about Thomas Edison.

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I start where the last man left off.

Everyone steals in commerce and industry. I've stolen a lot, myself. But I know how to steal! They don't know how to steal!

All bibles are man-made.

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.

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!

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.


Thomas Edison was home-schooled.

The Edison's kinetoscope was a machine where you put in a coin, look through a peephole in a cabinet, and watch a short motion picture.

When Thomas Edison lay dying at his home in New Jersey, newspaper reporters were anxiously awaiting a sign from his wife of his death. She signaled Edison's passing by turning a light on, not off, in his bedroom.

Thomas Edison reportedly drank "wine coca" - a medicinal tonic made from coca leaves, the same type of coca that cocaine is extracted from - during marathon research sessions that ran into the night.

Using a primitive cylinder and foil device, Thomas Edison created the first known recording of a human voice: his own, reciting the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb".

Thomas Edison was close friend of Henry Ford.

In 1931, when Thomas Edison died, his estate was estimated at well over $12 million. His estate included shares of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. valued at more than $10 million, $1,342,000 in United States bonds, $48,000 in railroad bonds, $48,000 in cash, and 76,000 shares in 37 different companies that no longer exist.

Nikola Tesla briefly worked for Edison as a technician but quit after arguing with Thomas Edison one too many times.

Thomas Edison built his own science laboratory at the age of 10. This was built in the basement of his home.

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