Edison Quotes (8 Quotes)
“His [Thomas Edison] method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 per cent of the labor. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor's instinct and practical American sense. In view of this, the truly prodigious amount of his actual accomplishments is little short of a miracle.”
“If he [Thomas Edison] had a needle to find in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … Just a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.”
“I came from Paris in the Spring of 1884, and was brought in intimate contact with him [Thomas Edison]. We experimented day and night, holidays not excepted. His existence was made up of alternate periods of work and sleep in the laboratory. He had no hobby, cared for no sport or amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene. There can be no doubt that, if he had not married later a woman of exceptional intelligence, who made it the one object of her life to preserve him, he would have died many years ago from consequences of sheer neglect. So great and uncontrollable was his passion for work.”
“Edison was by far the most successful and, probably, the last exponent of the purely empirical method of investigation. Everything he achieved was the result of persistent trials and experiments often performed at random but always attesting extraordinary vigor and resource. Starting from a few known elements, he would make their combinations and permutations, tabulate them and run through the whole list, completing test after test with incredible rapidity until he obtained a clue. His mind was dominated by one idea, to leave no stone unturned, to exhaust every possibility.”
“The recurrence of a phenomenon like [Thomas] Edison is not very likely. The profound change of conditions and the ever increasing necessity of theoretical training would seem to make it impossible. He will occupy a unique and exalted position in the history of his native land, which might well be proud of his great genius and undying achievements in the interest of humanity.”
“Un hombre rubio que rondaría los treinta y cinco años se atrevió a preguntarle a José: —Yo nunca fui a la escuela. En Bailén era labrador y solo entiendo de olivos. ¿Crees de verdad que sería capaz de aprender? —Thomas Edison desarrolló la primera central eléctrica, la lámpara de incandescencia y el primer ferrocarril eléctrico. Patentó más de mil inventos. ¿Sabes cuánto tiempo fue a la escuela?
Los hombres miraron expectantes a José, esperando su respuesta. Él se tomó su tiempo y notó cómo la impaciencia crecía entre los reclusos que, vestidos con sus uniformes a rayas, se encontraban a su alrededor. —Aquel hombre solo estuvo tres meses en el colegio. Imaginaos qué podríamos descubrir nosotros en diez años. (pp. 264-265)”