Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 11 Thomas Edison Quotes

Illuminating advice.

by Fatherly
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Thomas Edison Parenting Quotes

Thomas Alva Edison: Inventor, father, and guy who spent more time at the office than you. You know him as the man who perfected the incandescent light bulb, made the first motion picture, and built the phonograph — thus launching the career of DJ Kool Herc.

But Edison was also a father of 6 from 2 wives, some of whom followed in their dad’s footsteps to become inventors and scientists, themselves. And one who unfortunately became the Governor of New Jersey. Even though their famous father was rarely home, he did leave a ton of great advice for other workaholic parents.

On Not Reading The Instructions

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

On Convincing Your Kids To Get A Job

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

On The Best Dad Bod Justification

“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”

On Why You Need To Get Out Of The House

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”

On Taking Advantage Of Your Down Time

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

On Kids Being The Best Inventors

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

On Giving 100 Percent

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

On You Being A Success

“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”

On Getting Older

“Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.”

On That Quote You Know

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

On Being Right When You’re Wrong

“I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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