Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Is that an idea . . .

Today, in the United States, is National Inventors Day. It is a celebration of the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931), an American inventor and businessman.

Thomas Alva Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name and many outside the United States. "The Wizard of Menlo Park" is best known for inventing the phonograph and the first commercially practical incandescent light bulb.  

"I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas Alva Edison

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. They may even discover the germ of old age." - Thomas Alva Edison

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." - Thomas Alva Edison

"It is very beautiful over there!" - Thomas Alva Edison
(These have sometimes been reported as his last words)

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