Inventing

I start where the last man left off.

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.  >>>

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

There's a way to do it better ‒ find it.

Hell, there are no rules here ‒ we're trying to accomplish something.  >>>

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious >>>

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  >>>

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.

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.

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.  >>>

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  >>>

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.

Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.  >>>

Passion

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

Do Your Best

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

What you are will show in what you do.

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.  >>>

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Being busy does not always mean real work. 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. Seeming to do is not doing.

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Have faith! Go forward!