The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
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What you are will show in what you do.
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The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
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What man's mind can create, man's character can control.
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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!
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Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
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I start where the last man left off.
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There's a way to do better... find it.
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Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
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I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
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I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
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His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
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The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
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To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
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Great ideas originate in the muscles.
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I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
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Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
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We don't know one-millionth of one percent about anything.
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The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
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Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
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The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around
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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.
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There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
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Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
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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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Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. that's not the place to become discouraged.
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When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
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If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
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Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
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Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
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Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something.
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Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
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To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.
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The best thinking has been done in solitude.
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One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
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There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
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It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
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There ain't no rules around here, we're trying to accomplish something.
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Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
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I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
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I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
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There is no substitute for hard work.
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As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
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Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
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Edison, Thomas A.

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