Nikola Tesla is best known for inventing the induction motor, which contributed to the design of the alternating current electricity supply system. An undergraduate in engineering and physics, he acquired experience working in telephony and electric power.
Moving in the US, he worked briefly for Edison Machine Works before founding Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing. During this period, Tesla struggled to find investors who believed in his ideas. When he did, they abandoned his company, leaving him destitute.
To get by, he worked at electrical repair shops and as a ditch digger. Despite setbacks, Tesla continued his work and generated an induction motor running on alternating current. Westinghouse Electric licensed his patent, cementing his reputation as an inventor.
Tesla went on to execute his ideas for wireless lighting and electric power. He also worked on his vision of a wireless communication; however, he ran out of funds before he was able to carry out these ideas. Even in his old age, Tesla remained active in his experiments.
His work became obscure after his death in 1943; it was only in the ’90s that Tesla’s popularity was revived. Without doubt, his legacy not only lies on his inventions but also on the ideas he had envisioned, all of which made an impact on today’s modern technology.
Here are 30 Nikola Tesla quotes empowering to discover and create.
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla
One of the great events in my life was my first meeting with Edison. This wonderful man, who had received no scientific training, yet had accomplished so much, filled me with amazement. I felt that the time I had spent studying languages, literature and art was wasted; though later, of course, I learned this was not so. – Nikola Tesla
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
The earth is bountiful, and where her bounty fails, nitrogen drawn from the air will refertilize her womb. I developed a process for this purpose in 1900. It was perfected fourteen years later under the stress of war by German chemists. – Nikola Tesla
I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own. – Nikola Tesla
Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors. – Nikola Tesla
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 reality. – Nikola Tesla
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
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. – Nikola Tesla
As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion, so it seems that in all branches of industry, alternating currents – electric wave motion – will have the sway. – Nikola Tesla
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
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
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
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
It seems that I have always been ahead of my time. I had to wait nineteen years before Niagara was harnessed by my system, fifteen years before the basic inventions for wireless which I gave to the world in 1893 were applied universally. – Nikola Tesla
Of all things, I liked books best. – Nikola Tesla
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
My mother understood human nature better and never chided. She knew that a man cannot be saved from his own foolishness or vice by someone else’s efforts or protests, but only by the use of his own will. – Nikola Tesla
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
Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. – Nikola Tesla
In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization. – Nikola Tesla
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
One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. – Nikola Tesla
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. – Nikola Tesla
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. – Nikola Tesla
I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men. – Nikola Tesla
The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. – Nikola Tesla
Its not the love you make. It’s the love you give. – Nikola Tesla
If we want to reduce poverty and misery, if we want to give to every deserving individual what is needed for a safe existence of an intelligent being, we want to provide more machinery, more power. Power is our mainstay, the primary source of our many-sided energies. – Nikola Tesla
We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences. – Nikola Tesla
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