Famous quotes by Inventors


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"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail"
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"An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously"
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"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots"
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"A problem well stated is a problem half-solved"
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"A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere"
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"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless"
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"When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes"
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"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves"
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"I start where the last man left off"
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"The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work"
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"The value of an idea lies in the using of it"
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"There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking"
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"There is no substitute for hard work"
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"The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around"
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"The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants"
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"What you are will show in what you do"
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"What a man's mind can create, man's character can control"
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"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything"
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"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"
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"To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity"
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"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk"
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"To have a great idea, have a lot of them"
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"They say President Wilson has blundered. Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward"
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"There's a way to do it better - find it"
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"There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever"
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"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work"
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"Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure"
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"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time"
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"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 pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success"
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