50 Thomas A. Edison Quotes to Crush the Fear of Failure

Thomas A. Edison is one of the most prolific inventors of all time. An American Inventory born February 11, 1847 and having over 1,000 patents throughout his life, he definitely was no stranger to hard work and dedication. At the same time, inventing that many different things, Edison experienced failure more than we could ever imagine.

There is just one thing about Thomas Edison that we to this day will always remember, his passion for Invention.

Through all his Trial and Error tribulations that he faced, no matter what we always stayed positive and kept going without the fear of failure. Now, these Thomas Edison quotes give us a stern reminder of why we can’t fear failing in life.

1. “I have not Failed, I’ve just Found 10,000 Ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

2. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas A. Edison

3. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

4. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

5. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

6. “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas A. Edison

7. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

8. Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful” – Thomas A. Edison

9. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison

10. “There’s a Better way to do it – Find It.” – Thomas A. Edison

11. “Being busy does not always mean real work.” – Thomas A. Edison

12. “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.” – Thomas A. Edison

13. “Seeming to do is not doing.” – Thomas A. Edison

14. “The Three Great Essentials to Achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard Work, Stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

15. “The Chief Function of the Body, is to carry the Brain Around.” – Thomas A. Edison

16. “Discontent is the First Necessity of Progress.” – Thomas A. Edison

17. “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a Failure.” – Thomas A. Edison

18. “Everything comes to him who Hustles while he waits.” – Thomas A. Edison

19. “The Value in an Idea lies in the Using of it.” – Thomas A. Edison

20. “Hell, There are no rules here – We are Trying to Accomplish Something.” – Thomas A. Edison

21. “One might think that the money value of an Invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest please, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” – Thomas A. Edison

22. “I Never Did Anything by Accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” – Thomas A. Edison

23. “Your Worth Lies in What You Are, not by What You Have.” – Thomas A. Edison

24. “Great Ideas Originate in the Muscles.” – Thomas A. Edison

25. “There is far more opportunity than there is Ability.” – Thomas A. Edison

26. “To Have a Great idea, have a lot of them.” – Thomas A. Edison

27. “Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to Invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” – Thomas A. Edison

28. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas A. Edison

29. “I find my Greatest please, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” – Thomas A. Edison

30. “His Genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.” – Thomas A. Edison

31. “I Start Where the last Man left Off.” – Thomas A. Edison

32. “Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brace as your fathers before you. Have Faith! Go Forward!” – Thomas A. Edison

33. “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.” – Thomas A. Edison

34. “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

35. “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.” – Thomas A. Edison

36. “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.” – Thomas A. Edison

37. “To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.” – Thomas A. Edison

38. “What you Are will Show in What you do” – Thomas A. Edison

39. “To Invent you need a Good Imagination and a pile of Junk” – Thomas A. Edison

40. “The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

41. “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Thomas A. Edison

42. “I Never did a Day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” – Thomas A. Edison

43. “The Best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas A. Edison

44. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas A. Edison

45. “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kinds of the world.” – Thomas A. Edison

46. “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes” – Thomas A. Edison

47. “Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.” – Thomas A. Edison

48. “I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us – everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.” – Thomas A. Edison

49. “The Scope of Thrift is Limitless.” – Thomas A. Edison

50. “I am proud of the fact that I never invented Weapons to Kill.” – Thomas A. Edison

The Fear of Failure is one thing that Thomas Edison did not have. Through the invention of thousands of things, most of which did not work. He did it for one reason, because he loved it. Granted the practicality of his most notable invention: The incandescent Light-Bulb which changed the world forever.

Hard Work is nothing but blood sweat and tears. Through Hard work we can achieve anything that we set our minds to, including invention and changing the world. But most of us are afraid of putting in the work, or doing what we love, because it is hard work.

Now is the time to set that aside and go after everything that we’ve dreamed of. Take the advice of someone who’s failed thousands of times in Thomas Edison. Take something away from these 50 Thomas A. Edison quotes, and set out to achieve everything you’ve set out to. Don’t be afraid of hard work, things will come in time, but you have to fail. Never be afraid of failure, as when things start to seem impossible, that is the time to keep moving forward.


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  1. #s 17 and 18 resonated. When I was around 7 or 8 years old Thomas Alva Edison was my favorite person. I wanted to be an inventor or a scientist. I felt close to him because his middle name was so similar to mine. As an adult I still admire Edison and Tesla. Remarkable minds.

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