Alexander Graham Bell quotes

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Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish inventor and businessman known for patenting the telephone and founding the American Telephone and Telegraph Company better known as AT&T. Although Bell is often credited for inventing the telephone he only improved and produced it on large scale. The telephone was actually invented by the poor Italian immigrant Antonio Meucci who didn't even have enough money to pay for a patent so he died penniless.

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Alexander Graham Bell quotes

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand, the sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“It is the man who carefully advances step by step... who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfillment of animal desires.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”

Alexander Graham Bell First words spoken on the first telephone

“Night is a more quiet time to work. It aids thought.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Observe, remember, compare.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“One day every major city in America will have a telephone.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The inventor is a man who looks around upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“The telephone will be used to inform people that a telegram has been sent.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Wherever you may find the inventor, you may give him wealth or you may take from him all that he has; and he will go on inventing. He can no more help inventing that he can help thinking or breathing.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“You cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of slow growth. Ideas do not reach perfection in a day, no matter how much study is put upon them.”

Alexander Graham Bell