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Thomas Alva Edison

Geburtstag: 11. Februar 1847
Todesdatum: 18. Oktober 1931

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Thomas Alva Edison war ein US-amerikanischer Erfinder und Unternehmer mit dem Schwerpunkt auf dem Gebiet der Elektrizität und Elektrotechnik. Seine Verdienste gründen in erster Linie auf der Marktfähigkeit seiner Erfindungen, die er mit Geschick zu einem ganzen System von Stromerzeugung, Stromverteilung und innovativen elektrischen Konsumprodukten verbinden konnte. Edisons grundlegende Erfindungen und Entwicklungen in den Bereichen elektrisches Licht, Telekommunikation sowie Medien für Ton und Bild hatten einen großen Einfluss auf die allgemeine technische und kulturelle Entwicklung. In späteren Jahren gelangen ihm wichtige Entwicklungen der Verfahrenstechnik für die Bereiche Chemie und Zement. Seine Organisation der industriellen Forschung prägte die Entwicklungsarbeit späterer Unternehmen.

Die Leistung von Edison bei der Elektrifizierung New Yorks und der Einführung von Elektrolicht markiert den Beginn der umfassenden Elektrifizierung der industrialisierten Welt. Diese epochale Veränderung ist insbesondere mit seinem Namen verbunden.

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Zitate Thomas Alva Edison

„Es ist sehr schön dort draußen.“

—  Thomas Alva Edison
Letzte Worte, 18. Oktober 1931 beim Hinausschauen aus dem Fenster Original engl.: "It's very beautiful over there."

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„Erfinden: ein Prozent Inspiration – neunundneunzig Prozent Transpiration.“

—  Thomas Alva Edison
zitiert bei Kurt Tucholsky (Peter Panter): Ein Indianerbuch der Technik (Rezension von ‚Edison, Sein Leben und Erfinden, Erzählt von Ernst Angel‘). Die Weltbühne 23. November 1926 Jahrgang 22, Nummer 47, Seite 830-831 (Original engl.: "Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration." - zitiert als mündliche Bemerkung aus dem Jahr 1903 von Martin André Rosanoff: Edison in his laboratory. In: Harper’s Monthly Magazine. September 1932, S. 406, (online) http://www.harpers.org/archive/1932/09/0018333 "Genius is 1 per cent. inspiration and 99 per cent. perspiration." - zitiert als Edisons "historic remark" von Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin: Edison, His Life and Inventions. New York and London, 1910. gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org/files/820/820.txt und "Thomas A. Edison is credited with saying that real genius is made up of three parts inspiration and ninety-seven parts perspiration." - Popular Mechanics,Vol. VII No. 8, August 1905, p. 860. Once, when asked to give his definition of genius, Mr. Edison replied: "Two per cent, is genius and ninety-eight per cent, is hard work." At another time, when the argument that genius was inspiration was brought before him, he said: “Bah! Genius is not inspired. Inspiration is perspiration.” - The Anecdotal Side of Edison. His Estimate of Genius. Ladies' Home Journal, April 1898 p. 8 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=LKwiAQAAMAAJ&q=definition

„Zum Zwecke der Bewahrung der Reden, der Stimmen und der letzten Worte von sterbenden Familienmitgliedern - wie von großen Männern - wird der Phonograph fraglos die Fotografie ersetzen.“

—  Thomas Alva Edison
The Phonograph and its Future, in: North American Review, Volume 126, Ausgabe 262 (Mai/Juni 1878), S. 527-536, 533 books.google http://books.google.de/books?id=4n8FAAAAQAAJ&q=outrank Original engl.: "For the purpose of the preserving the sayings, the voices and the last words of the dying member of the family - as of great men - the phonograph will unquestionably outrank the photograph."

„We really haven't got any great amount of data on the subject, and without data how can we reach any definite conclusions?“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: We really haven't got any great amount of data on the subject, and without data how can we reach any definite conclusions? All we have — everything — favors the idea of what religionists call the "Hereafter." Science, if it ever learns the facts, probably will find another more definitely descriptive term. As quoted in Thomas A. Edison, Benefactor of Mankind : The Romantic Life Story of the World's Greatest Inventor (1931) by Francis Trevelyan Miller, Ch. 25 : Edison's Views on Life — His Philosophy and Religion, p. 295.

„I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it. Diary entry, as quoted in Defending and Parenting Children Who Learn Differently : Lessons from Edison's Mother (2007) by Scott Teel, p. 12.

„We never had a sounder intelligence in this Republic. He was the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Tom Paine has almost no influence on present-day thinking in the United States because he is unknown to the average citizen. Perhaps I might say right here that this is a national loss and a deplorable lack of understanding concerning the man who first proposed and first wrote those impressive words, 'the United States of America.' But it is hardly strange. Paine's teachings have been debarred from schools everywhere and his views of life misrepresented until his memory is hidden in shadows, or he is looked upon as of unsound mind. We never had a sounder intelligence in this Republic. He was the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible. Where Washington performed Paine devised and wrote. The deeds of one in the Weld were matched by the deeds of the other with his pen.

„He has been called an atheist, but atheist he was not.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: He has been called an atheist, but atheist he was not. Paine believed in a supreme intelligence, as representing the idea which other men often express by the name of deity. His Bible was the open face of nature, the broad skies, the green hills. He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds — or on persons devoted to them — have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life. When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a "dirty little atheist" he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished.

„It is probable that we should have had the Revolution without Tom Paine. Certainly it could not be forestalled, once he had spoken.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Looking back to those times we cannot, without much reading, clearly gauge the sentiment of the Colonies. Perhaps the larger number of responsible men still hoped for peace with England. They did not even venture to express the matter that way. Few men, indeed, had thought in terms of war. Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty. It flashed from hand to hand throughout the Colonies. One copy reached the New York Assembly, in session at Albany, and a night meeting was voted to answer this unknown writer with his clarion call to liberty. The Assembly met, but could find no suitable answer. Tom Paine had inscribed a document which never has been answered adversely, and never can be, so long as man esteems his priceless possession. In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.. It must be remembered that 'Common Sense' preceded the declaration and affirmed the very principles that went into the national doctrine of liberty. But that affirmation was made with more vigor, more of the fire of the patriot and was exactly suited to the hour. It is probable that we should have had the Revolution without Tom Paine. Certainly it could not be forestalled, once he had spoken.

„Few men, indeed, had thought in terms of war.
Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Looking back to those times we cannot, without much reading, clearly gauge the sentiment of the Colonies. Perhaps the larger number of responsible men still hoped for peace with England. They did not even venture to express the matter that way. Few men, indeed, had thought in terms of war. Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty. It flashed from hand to hand throughout the Colonies. One copy reached the New York Assembly, in session at Albany, and a night meeting was voted to answer this unknown writer with his clarion call to liberty. The Assembly met, but could find no suitable answer. Tom Paine had inscribed a document which never has been answered adversely, and never can be, so long as man esteems his priceless possession. In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.. It must be remembered that 'Common Sense' preceded the declaration and affirmed the very principles that went into the national doctrine of liberty. But that affirmation was made with more vigor, more of the fire of the patriot and was exactly suited to the hour. It is probable that we should have had the Revolution without Tom Paine. Certainly it could not be forestalled, once he had spoken.

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„Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp. There is nothing false, little that is subtle, and an impressive lack of the negative in Paine. He literally cried to his reader for a comprehending hour, and then filled that hour with such sagacious reasoning as we find surpassed nowhere else in American letters — seldom in any school of writing.

„Looking back to those times we cannot, without much reading, clearly gauge the sentiment of the Colonies.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Looking back to those times we cannot, without much reading, clearly gauge the sentiment of the Colonies. Perhaps the larger number of responsible men still hoped for peace with England. They did not even venture to express the matter that way. Few men, indeed, had thought in terms of war. Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty. It flashed from hand to hand throughout the Colonies. One copy reached the New York Assembly, in session at Albany, and a night meeting was voted to answer this unknown writer with his clarion call to liberty. The Assembly met, but could find no suitable answer. Tom Paine had inscribed a document which never has been answered adversely, and never can be, so long as man esteems his priceless possession. In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.. It must be remembered that 'Common Sense' preceded the declaration and affirmed the very principles that went into the national doctrine of liberty. But that affirmation was made with more vigor, more of the fire of the patriot and was exactly suited to the hour. It is probable that we should have had the Revolution without Tom Paine. Certainly it could not be forestalled, once he had spoken.

„If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. … It is absurd to say our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people. Commenting on Henry Ford's currency plan in ”Ford sees wealth in Muscle Shoals”, New York Times (6 December 1921), p. 6 http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30E11F63B5A1B7A93C4A91789D95F458285F9.

„It is absurd to say our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. … It is absurd to say our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people. Commenting on Henry Ford's currency plan in ”Ford sees wealth in Muscle Shoals”, New York Times (6 December 1921), p. 6 http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30E11F63B5A1B7A93C4A91789D95F458285F9.

„The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished.“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: He has been called an atheist, but atheist he was not. Paine believed in a supreme intelligence, as representing the idea which other men often express by the name of deity. His Bible was the open face of nature, the broad skies, the green hills. He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds — or on persons devoted to them — have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life. When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a "dirty little atheist" he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished.

„In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again..“

—  Thomas Edison
Context: Looking back to those times we cannot, without much reading, clearly gauge the sentiment of the Colonies. Perhaps the larger number of responsible men still hoped for peace with England. They did not even venture to express the matter that way. Few men, indeed, had thought in terms of war. Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty. It flashed from hand to hand throughout the Colonies. One copy reached the New York Assembly, in session at Albany, and a night meeting was voted to answer this unknown writer with his clarion call to liberty. The Assembly met, but could find no suitable answer. Tom Paine had inscribed a document which never has been answered adversely, and never can be, so long as man esteems his priceless possession. In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again.. It must be remembered that 'Common Sense' preceded the declaration and affirmed the very principles that went into the national doctrine of liberty. But that affirmation was made with more vigor, more of the fire of the patriot and was exactly suited to the hour. It is probable that we should have had the Revolution without Tom Paine. Certainly it could not be forestalled, once he had spoken.

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