Thomas Edison

(1847–1931)

Thomas Alva Edison

Anecdote 1...

Edison was asked to sign a guest book that had the usual columns for name and address, as well as one for “Interested in.” In this last column Edison entered the word: “Everything.”

Quote-worthy...

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

~Thomas Alva Edison

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Anecdote 2...

Edison made 2000 attempts at the lightbulb before he was successful. When asked what it felt like to have failed so many times, Edison replied, “I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.”

Last Words...

It is beautiful over there.

Biographical Note: 

Thomas Alva Edison was a U.S. inventor responsible for about thirteen hundred inventions, the most famous of which is the electric light bulb (1879). He also invented the gramophone and motion pictures, and his carbon transmitter enabled Bell’s telephone to be brought into practical use.