Today is the 159th anniversary of the birth of the great inventor, engineer, and visionary.
In honor of that, here are a few quotes:
“Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” (June 1910)
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up… His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.” (July 1934)
“A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thoughtmay determine the motion of a universe.” (24 February 1893)
“If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor. ” (October 1931)
I could post 20 more memorable quotations but instead I’ll send you to the Wikiquote page if you’re so inclined.