Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, engineer, futurist and physicist best known for his contributions to designing modern alternating current electric supply.
Tesla’s legacy lives on today in books, radio, film, tv, music, live theater, comics and even video games. He is an inspirational character who received no fame, fortune, and little credit during his life. But the impacts of his inventions have transformed our world.
Tesla was quiet and modest inventor, a genius who lived and suffered for his inventions and who did not receive the majority of recognition for his work. This mysterious man brought to the world a system of alternating current (what powers every home on the planet), radar, radio, x-rays, quite likely free limitless energy, the transistor, and many more things that we are using in the present. However, as the years pass the significance of Tesla’s inventions are increasingly gaining in importance.
Read on for some of the most wisdom filled quotes from a man who was and always will be ahead of his time.
- “I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own”
- “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
- “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.”
- “The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
- “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.”
- “If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.”
- “My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”
- “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…”
- “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.”
- “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more”
- “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine”
- “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.”
- “Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”
- “We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences”
- “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 needs.”
- “The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains.”
- “What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.”
- “Great moments are born great opportunity”
- “So astounding are the facts in this connection, that it would seem as though the Creator, himself had electrically designed this planet…”
- “Most certainly, some planets are not inhabited, but others are, and among these there must exist life under all conditions and phases of development.”
- “The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter—for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.”
- “But 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.”
- “Of all things, I liked books best.”
- Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.
- This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball.