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More from Alexander Graham Bell

Perseverance must have some practical end, or it does not avail the man possessing it. A person without a practical end in view becomes a crank or an idiot. Such persons fill our asylums.

Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.

First words spoken into the telephone (1876)

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

As quoted in Sophia's Fire (2005) by Sango Mbella , p. 133

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

Interview with Bell published in How They Succeeded (1901) by Orison Swett Marden, Ch. 2.

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.

As quoted in "The Chemistry of Life" by Ralph Whiteside Kerr in Rosicrucian Digest (1947) p. 131