Nikola Tesla quotes page 1
Nikola Tesla was a famous American inventor and mechanical/ electrical engineer,
as well as a futurist, well-known for his work towards the modern invention of the alternating current (AC) as an
electrical supply system. Born in Serbia on July 10th 1856, he immigrated to the United States in 1884, having
earned the opportunity to work under Thomas Edison. Based in New York City, he soon went the way of solo
engineer and entrepreneur with financial assistance with backers who were extremely confident in his ability and
designs. Tesla set up both laboratories and companies to develop a wide range of electrical devices and soon
found widespread success and fame. He patented the AC induction motor and transformer, which were then licensed
to George Westinghouse. This famous inventor/ industrialist/ entrepreneur even hired Tesla for a short time as
his consultant. In his youth as a young engineer, Tesla was involved in the corporate struggle over which system
to make available as the standard of power transmission: direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC). Tesla
then continued on to pursue concepts in distribution of electricity and wireless lighting, performing many
high-frequency power experiments. He even professed the possibility of wireless communication (with his own
devices, of course) as early as back in 1893. Tesla attempted to put this into practice during the unsuccessful
try at an intercontinental wireless transmission. In his New York lab he also attempted a range of experiments
using electrical discharge tubes, oscillators, generators and even early X-ray imaging. He was also successful
at constructing a remote control boat, among the first-ever. Tesla never did exactly settle down, instead living
mostly in several New York hotels, even during his retirement. Upon his death on January 7th, 1943, he and his
work gradually fell into obscurity. However, in 1960 at the General Conference on Weights and Measures, his name
was given to the SI unite of magnetic flux density (now known as the tesla), to honor this great
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and
Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world.
The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but
one can think deeply and be quite insane.
Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of
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.
When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in
The last 29 days of the month are the hardest.
The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on
that truth, we become in tune with this great power.
Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off
through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to
I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device.
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
All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed. Only to
emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.
To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume centuries and
centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.
Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been
invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have
a little easier life.
The economic transmission of power without wires is of all-surpassing importance to man. By
its means he will gain complete mastery of the air, the sea and the desert. It will enable him
to dispense with the necessity of mining, pumping, transporting and burning fuel, and so do
away with innumerable causes of sinful waste. By its means, he will obtain at any place and in
any desired amount, the energy of remote waterfalls - to drive his machinery, to construct his
canals, tunnels and highways, to manufacture the materials of his want, his clothing and food,
to heat and light his home - year in, year out, ever and ever, by day and by night. It will make
the living glorious sun his obedient, toiling slave. It will bring peace and harmony on earth.
If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with
the diligence of
the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was a sorry
witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him
ninety per cent of his labor.
I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.
Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known
Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, a
marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and mystery beyond human conception, and so
delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it.
We build but to tear down. Most of our work and resource is squandered. Our onward march is
marked by devastation.
A point of great importance would be first to know: what is the capacity of the earth? And
what charge does it contain if electrified?
The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire: First, a feeble spark, next a flickering
flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
From childhood I was compelled to concentrate attention upon myself. This caused me much
suffering, but to my present view, it was a blessing in disguise for it has taught me to
appreciate the inestimable value of introspection in the preservation of life, as well as a
means of achievement.
Whoever wishes to get a true appreciation of the greatness of our age should study the
history of electrical development. There he will find a story more wonderful than any tale from
Within a few years a simple and inexpensive device, readily carried about, will enable one
to receive on land or sea the principal news, to hear a speech, a lecture, a song or play of a
musical instrument, conveyed from any other region of the globe.
The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains.
There is something within me that might be illusion as it is often case with young delighted
people, but if I would be fortunate to achieve some of my ideals, it would be on the behalf of
the whole of humanity. If those hopes would become fulfilled, the most exciting thought
would be that it is a deed of a Serb.
If the genius of invention were to reveal to-morrow the secret of immortality, of eternal
beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which
prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new
knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought.