Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, on February 11, 1847. As a child, Edison spent three months in a one-room school – and that was the sum total of his formal education. After the teacher said that his brain must be “addled,” Edison’s mother pulled him out of school to educate him herself. Edison developed a keen interest in science, and would one day grow up to be the world’s most prolific inventor. To this day, Edison holds the record for producing the most inventions – over 1,000! Few men have had such a direct effect on the technology of modern society.

Thomas Edison Quotes

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“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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