Q – Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell 1847 – 1922 was a Scottish scientist, inventor and engineer. He later, at the age of twenty-three moved along with his family to Canada.

Much of his early work centred around speech and elocution, however communication machines were his main interest.

He is best known for being the inventor of the telephone.

 

‘Before anything else, preparation is the key to success’

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‘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’

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‘A man’s own judgement should be the final appeal in all that relates to himself’

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‘The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion’

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‘Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself’

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‘Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus’

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‘What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it’

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‘The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world’

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‘A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself’

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‘Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open’

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‘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’

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‘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’

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‘When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us’

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‘America is a country of inventors and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men’

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‘The inventor… looks 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’

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‘Man is the result of slow growth; that is why he occupies the position he does in animal life. What does a pup amount to that has gained its growth in a few days or weeks, beside a man who only attains it in as many years’

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