"Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success."
I love this one. I believe what he meant by this is that if something didn't sell, then it wasn't useful to anyone. Dictionary.com defines utility as the state or quality of being useful. Therefore, if something didn't sell, it was not useful, and it would not be successful. At least that's my opinion.
"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!"
I believe that Edison was very faithful towards God. Not necessarily towards religion, in my mind he didn't have one. But I believe he had faith in God.
"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."
Sometimes, we as marketers tend to fall into the trap that we are doing work, when actually we are just being busy. I include myself along with others that do this. I.E. - posting in twitter, Facebook, forums, doing blog comments, answering emails, etc., etc. We need to try to outsource these types of things in order to be more productive. As I said before, I am equally to blame for doing this. In fact I am doing it NOW!!!
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
Yeah that's true. It's not whistling while you wait, it's hustling that gets the job done. Which is why I am hustling to finish this post so I can get back to work.:p
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
To be inspired and then perspire is the answer to working hard. At least in my opinion.
"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."
I believe Edison was a MAJOR rule breaker.
"I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill."
I think I would be equally proud in my life, if I was an inventor.
"I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."
And so we must also do the same.
"I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world."
I too have friends that I would not trade for anything. I think we all should have this in our lives.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Just because you have failed at something, does not mean that you are a failure. You are only a failure if you do not learn from the mistake.
"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."
This is the reason why I believe that Edison had faith in God and believed in him.
"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."
And so, I end my favorite Edison quotes with this one. I say to you that if you are not having fun in your daily work then you should not be doing it. Find something else that makes you happy and find a way to make that your daily work life.
I hope you liked my favorite Thomas Edison quotes. Do you have any favorite Edison quotes? List them here and explain "WHY?" they are your favorite(s).