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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. What man's mind can create, man's character can control.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishments 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.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
If we could do all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
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!
—  Thomas Alva Edison
I am wondering what would have happened to me if some fluent talker had converted me to the theory of the eight-hour day and convinced me that it was not fair to my fellow workers to put forth my best efforts in my work. I am glad that the eight-hour day had not been invented when I was a young man. If my life had been made up of eight-hour days, I do not believe I could have accomplished a great deal. This country would not amount to as much as it does if the young men of fifty years ago had been afraid that they might earn more than they were paid for.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
There is almost no limit to which man will not go to avoid thinking.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration
—  Thomas Alva Edison
The inventor tries to meet the demand of a crazy civilization.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
—  Thomas Alva Edison
Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.
—  Thomas Alva Edison

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