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Abraham Archibald Anderson (1890)

Thomas Edison

1847 – 1931 CE

America's greatest inventor

“America's greatest inventor,” businessman, and entrepreneur; Edison set up the world’s first industrial research laboratory, first film studio, and held in his name over 1,100 US and foreign patents in many fields including electric power, communications, and motion pictures (his film studio made almost 1,200 films.). Some of his most influential inventions include the light bulb, phonograph, motion picture camera, the fluoroscope, the tasimeter, and the nickel-iron-battery. Henry Ford was a neighbor and employee who Edison helped with his business ventures. A victim of nepotistic seductions, Edison had to take his son to court for using their family name to promote scams, snake-oil products, and fraudulent ventures. He joined Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society, became a strict vegetarian, and promoted nonviolence.


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Quotes by Thomas Edison (10 quotes)

“I have always regarded Paine as one of the greatest of all Americans. Never have we had a sounder intelligence in this republic ...it was a revelation to me to read that great thinker's views on political and theological subjects. Paine educated me. I remember, very vividly, the flash of enlightenment that shone from his writings. What a pity these works are not today the schoolbooks for all children! My interest was not satisfied by my first reading of his works. I went back to them time and again, just as I have done since my boyhood days.”

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“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work… Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

Themes: Mistakes Failure

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“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Themes: Perseverance

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“Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”

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“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.”

Themes: Health Medicine

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“What you call God I call Nature, the Supreme intelligence that rules matter… Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me, He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in?”

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

Themes: Success

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work… Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Themes: Livelihood

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“As far as religion is concerned, it’s a damned fake… Religion is all bunk.”

Themes: Religion

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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.”

Themes: Progress Problems

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