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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)

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

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

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