Age of Great Inventions
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| "When I am through, only the rich will be able to afford candles."
- Thomas Edison, 187825
| "American factories are producing more than the American people can use; American soil is producing more than they can consume. Fate has written our policy for us; the trade of the world must and shall be ours."
- Senator Albert Beveridge of Indiana, 189826
| "We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas, but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 185429
| "Watson—come here—I want you."
- The first words communicated by telephone, Alexander Graham Bell to his partner Thomas Watson, 187627
| "a) Divide the work of a man performing any job into simple elementary movements.b) Pick out all useless movements and discard them.c) Study, one after another just how each of several skilled workmen makes each elementary movement, and with the aid of a stop watch select the quickest and best method..."28
- Frederick Winslow Taylor, describing his time-study method, 1912