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Quotes of the Day for 11 February 2004 – Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born at Milan, Ohio on this day in 1847. Through hard work and tenacity (and endless self-promotion) he became the most prolific and successful inventor of his era. Although Edison grabbed a fair amount of credit for things that weren't his inventions (Nikola Tesla was his most obvious victim), there is no doubt that he was responsible for the first electric incandescent light, not to mention the electrical utility business.

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The quotes:

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

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.

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, We would literally astound ourselves.

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
     - All from Thomas Alva Edison, 1847 - 1931


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