10,000 Ways it didn’t Work

SERRELL: What are all these things? There must be thousands.


EDISON: I call them electric lamps. They will be like tiny suns, one in each room of every home.


SERRELL: And that’s why you have so many?


EDISON: No, they are there to remind me of what I’ve already tried. I don’t want to forget. If we don’t learn from the past we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.


SERRELL: I guess that makes sense. But couldn’t one say, the definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over again, expecting a different result.


EDISON: You think I’m mad? Have you seen Tesla?


SERRELL: Right. Speaking of madness, maybe keep these shiny baubles of yours away in a box under the stairs for the time being.


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

-Thomas Edison

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

-George Santayana

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24 thoughts on “10,000 Ways it didn’t Work

  1. Okay the Tesla comment made me laugh. What a bright idea 💡 You are forever changing things up.
    Can’t wait to read the next one. 😉😁💙

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    1. Thank you for the kind words 💚
      I was hoping to get a few chuckles from this.
      I think it’s a couple of days of free verse coming, I can’t remember 🤣 I wrote these before Xmas.

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      1. I haven’t read it but the fact that the series sold over 500 million copies worldwide after being rejected by 164 publishers is pretty special and a great lesson

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