49 Electrifying Nikola Tesla Quotes

49 Electrifying Nikola Tesla Quotes

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Nikola Tesla Quotes
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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American Physicist, inventor, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer known for his deign of the modern alternating current electrical supply system.

Nikola Tesla also worked alongside Thomas Edison in 1884 then soon departing to start his own laboratories and companies to develop a larger range of electrical devices.

Here are some of Nikola Tesla’s great quotes:

49 Motivating & Inspiring Nikola Tesla Quotes:

1. “The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.” – Nikola Tesla

2. “With ideas it is like with dizzy heights you climb: At first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood; your step gets firm and sure and you begin to look – for dizzier heights.” – Nikola Tesla

3. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

4. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

5. “Great moments are born great opportunity.” – Nikola Tesla

6. “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…” – Nikola Tesla

7. “We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.” – Nikola Tesla

8. “Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.” – Nikola Tesla

9. “All knowledge or form conception is evoked through the medium of the eye, either in response to disturbances directly received on the retina or to their fainter secondary effects and reverberations. Other sense organs can only call forth feelings which have no reality of existence and of which no conception can be formed.” – Nikola Tesla

10. “Our first endeavors are purely instinctive prompting of an imagination vivid and undisciplined. As we grow older reason asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing. But those early impulses, though not immediately productive, are of the greatest moment and may shape our very destinies… But not until I had attained manhood did I realize that I was an inventor.” – Nikola Tesla

11. “The universal utilization of water power and its long-distance transmission will supply every household with cheap power and will dispense with the necessity of burning fuel. The struggle for existence being lessened, there should be development along ideal rather than material lines.” – Nikola Tesla

12. “Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races, and we are still far from this blissful realization.” – Nikola Tesla

13. “Every living being is an engine geared to the wheel-work of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.” – Nikola Tesla

14. “The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.” – Nikola Tesla

15. “My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements, and operate the device entirely in my mind.” – Nikola Tesla

16. “Its not the love you make. It’s the love you give.” – Nikola Tesla

17. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

18. “Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves.” – Nikola Tesla

19. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

20th Nikola Tesla Quote – “By an irony of fate, my first employment was as a draughtsman. I hated drawing; it was for me the very worst of annoyances. Fortunately, it was not long before I secured the position I sought, that of chief electrician to the telephone company.” – Nikola Tesla

21. “If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.” – Nikola Tesla

22. “Electrical science has revealed to us the true nature of light, has provided us with innumerable appliances and instruments of precision, and has thereby vastly added to the exactness of our knowledge.” – Nikola Tesla

23. “Inventors don’t have time for married life.” – Nikola Tesla

24. “I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.” – Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quotes

25. “The experimenter may vary them in many ways, and, if it were nothing else, they afford a pleasing sight.” – Nikola Tesla

26. “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. He lives and labors and hopes.” – Nikola Tesla

27. “Archimedes was my ideal. I admired the works of artists, but to my mind, they were only shadows and semblances. The inventor, I thought, gives to the world creations which are palpable, which live and work.” – Nikola Tesla

28. “You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.” – Nikola Tesla

29. “In a time not distant, it will be possible to flash any image formed in thought on a screen and render it visible at any place desired. The perfection of this means of reading thought will create a revolution for the better in all our social relations.” – Nikola Tesla

30. “Electrical science has disclosed to us the more intimate relation existing between widely different forces and phenomena and has thus led us to a more complete comprehension of Nature and its many manifestations to our senses.” – Nikola Tesla

31. “Of all things, I liked books best.” – Nikola Tesla

32. “When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots.” – Nikola Tesla

33. “If Thomas Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search… Just a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.” – Nikola Tesla

34. “Most certainly, some planets are not inhabited, but others are, and among these there must exist life under all conditions and phases of development.” – Nikola Tesla

35. “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

36. “So astounding are the facts in this connection, that it would seem as though the Creator, Himself had electrically designed this planet…” – Nikola Tesla

37. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

38. “The history of science shows that theories are perishable. With every new truth that is revealed we get a better understanding of Nature and our conceptions and views are modified.” – Nikola Tesla

39. “The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float tossed about by the waves of a turbulent sea.” – Nikola Tesla

40th Nikola Tesla Quote – “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.” – Nikola Tesla

41. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

42. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

43. “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” – Nikola Tesla

44. “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. My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible.” – Nikola Tesla

45. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

46. “There is no memory or retentive faculty based on lasting impression. What we designate as memory is but increased responsiveness to repeated stimuli.” – Nikola Tesla

47. “I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own.” – Nikola Tesla

48. “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.” – Nikola Tesla

49. “Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.” – Nikola Tesla

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  1. “Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them”

  2. Too many to name, but here’s some I really enjoy:

    ‘We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences’
    ‘Of all things, I liked books best’
    ‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration’
    ‘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.’

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