Thomas Edison’s 164th birday: Revisit his legacy, Hardness the Imagination

Friday, February 11, 2011 | comments

Today is 164th birthday of the Mr. Thomas Edison, America’s most brilliant inventor, he got 1368 patterns in his lifetime: from light bulb to phonographic, from phone to mobile picture, his inventions has fortified the solid foundation of modern industrial society, and he co-founded company General Electric more than 130 years ago, today, GE is still one of the most innovative companies in the world, with broader footprint of modern technologies.

Edison is not only the scientist, the inventor, the savvy businessman, he is also the true thought leader full of unimaginable wisdom, here are some quotes from him:

•The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness.....

•Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do in the first place doesn't mean it's useless....
•The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.

•Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose...

•Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man's character.

•The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

•Someday, man will harness the rise and fall of the tides, imprison the power of the sun, and release atomic power.

•"Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."

And the one below is a true inspiration in this post-recession era:
“Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation.... Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward!” Edison
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