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Quotes of the Day for 11 February 2002 – Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born on this day in 1847 at Milan, Ohio. Through hard work and tenacity (and endless self-promotion) he became the most prolific and successful inventor of his era. Somehow, incredibly, I have never before used a single Edison quote in Quotes of the Day. Here are a few on work and invention.

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The quotes:

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

I never once made a discovery ... I speak without exaggeration that I have constructed three thousand different theories in connection with the electric light. Yet in only two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory.

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

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
     - All today's quotes are from Thomas Alva Edison, 1847 - 1931

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