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I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward....

Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment....

There are no rules here, we're just trying to accomplish something.

The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.

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

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.




Sometimes, all you need to invent something is a good imagination and a pile of junk

My principal business is giving commercial value to the brilliant but misdirected  ideas of others....

Accordingly, I am sometimes correctly described as more of a sponge than an inventor.

Because ideas have to be original only with regard to their adaptation to the problem at hand, I am always extremely interested in novel ideas others have used successfully

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand - without growing weary.

Because such thinking is often hard work, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the labour that is associated with it.

I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions came about totally by accident.

They were achieved by having trained myself to endure and tolerate hard work.

It is astonishing how many have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work....

Even the present (1923) college system isn't teaching students to think.

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

Unfortunately, many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.




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