Thomas Edison Quotes for Discouraged Writers

I love uplifting quotes from history's greatest minds. One of the best people for quotes is Thomas Edison. I often use his quotes to boost my mood when I am down about the writing life. After all, Thomas Edison knew about the trials and triumphs of creating.

So, I encourage you read these and see if something applies to your writing life.
If it does, well, thank Tom.
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."

"I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."

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

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

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." ***Possibly my favorite quote of his***

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it."

"What you are will show in what you do."

"To have a great idea, have a lot of them."

Hope it helps!



  1. Thanks for posting these! Some of my favorites are here, along with a few that are new to me.

    They DO help!!!

  2. I'm glad you enjoy them! I need to tape some of these to my computer tower. What are your favorite quotes for the writing life?