Nikola Tesla quotes page 2
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any
of the universe. This idea is not novel. Men have been led to it long ago by instinct or
reason; it has been expressed in many ways, and in many places, in the history of old and
Throughout space there is energy... it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in
attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.
Instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers
that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the
brain, is futile.
One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
One day I went alone to the river to enjoy myself as usual. When I was a short distance from
the masonry, however, I was horrified to observe that the water had risen and was carrying
me along swiftly... The pressure against my chest was great and I was barely able to keep
my head above the surface. Slowly and gradually I became exhausted and unable to
withstand the strain longer. Just as I was about to let go, to be dashed against the rocks
below, I saw in a flash of light a familiar diagram illustrating the hydraulic principle that the
pressure of a fluid in motion is proportionate to the area exposed and automatically I turned
on my left side. As if by magic, the pressure was reduced.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man
is no more.
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the
inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. Such emotions make a
man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one
decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I am, if thought is the
equivalent of labour, for I have devoted to it almost all of my waking hours. But if work is
interpreted to be a definite performance in a specified time according to a rigid rule, then I
may be the worst of idlers.
Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the
complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human
This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a
small metal ball.
What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and
communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone
to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife... peace can only come as a natural
consequence of universal enlightenment.
Einsteins relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which
fascinates, dazzles and
makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple
whom ignorant people take for a king.
Whatever the future may bring, the universal application of these great principles is fully
assured, though it may be long in coming.
Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from
misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always
caused by the inability of appreciating one another's point of view.
Most certainly, some planets are not inhabited, but others are, and among these there must
exist life under all conditions and phases of development.
To create and to annihilate material substance, cause it to aggregate in forms according to his
desire, would be the supreme manifestation of the power of Man's mind, his most complete
triumph over the physical world, his crowning achievement, which would place him beside his
Creator, make him fulfill his Ultimate Destiny.
Universal Peace, assuming it to be in the fullest sense realizable, might not require eons for its
accomplishment, however probable this may appear, judging from the imperceptibly slow
growth of all great reformatory ideas of the past.
I don't care that they stole my idea - I care that they don't have any of their own.
Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. Our hearing
extends to a small distance. Our sight is impeded by intervening bodies and shadows. To know
each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions. We must transmit our
intelligence, travel, transport the materials and transfer the energies necessary for our
Everywhere there is an appalling loss of time, effort and life. A cheerless view, but true.
The human mind thinks but to complicate. As soon as one problem is solved, that solution
introduces new complications, other problems that perhaps did not exist before. That was one
of my great troubles when I was younger, I invented many things that were very fine, but
always I was getting into complications. I have had to work very hard to overcome that.