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Nikola Tesla Quote: “Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance.”

Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance.

— Nikola Tesla



Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without.”

Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Of all things I liked books best. My father had a large library and whenever I could manage I tried to satisfy my passion for reading.”

Of all things I liked books best. My father had a large library and whenever I could manage I tried to satisfy my passion for reading.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.”

In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “I cannot exaggerate the effect of this marvelous sight on my childish imagination. Day after day I asked myself what is electricity and found no answer. Eighty years have gone by since and I still ask the same question, unable to answer it.”

I cannot exaggerate the effect of this marvelous sight on my childish imagination. Day after day I asked myself what is electricity and found no answer. Eighty years have gone by since and I still ask the same question, unable to answer it.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “There is no subject more captivating, more worthy of study, than nature. To understand this great mechanism, to discover the forces which are active, and the laws which govern them, is the highest aim of the intellect of man.”

There is no subject more captivating, more worthy of study, than nature. To understand this great mechanism, to discover the forces which are active, and the laws which govern them, is the highest aim of the intellect of man.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The beauty and the scent of roses can be used as a medicine and the sun rays as a food.”

The beauty and the scent of roses can be used as a medicine and the sun rays as a food.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Crystals are living beings at the beginning of creation.”

Crystals are living beings at the beginning of creation.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The motors I build there were exactly as I imagined them. I made no attempt to improve the design, but merely reproduced the pictures as they appeared to my vision and the operation was always as I expected.”

The motors I build there were exactly as I imagined them. I made no attempt to improve the design, but merely reproduced the pictures as they appeared to my vision and the operation was always as I expected.

— Nikola Tesla



Nikola Tesla Quote: “All matter comes from a primary substance, the luminiferous ether.”

All matter comes from a primary substance, the luminiferous ether.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions.”

To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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.

— Nikola Tesla


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

We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Nature may reach the same result in many ways.”

Nature may reach the same result in many ways.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Even matter called inorganic, believed to be dead, responds to irritants and gives unmistakable evidence of a living principle within. Everything that exists, organic or inorganic, animated or inert, is susceptible to stimulus from the outside.”

Even matter called inorganic, believed to be dead, responds to irritants and gives unmistakable evidence of a living principle within. Everything that exists, organic or inorganic, animated or inert, is susceptible to stimulus from the outside.

— Nikola Tesla


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

My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The last 29 days of the month are the toughest!”

The last 29 days of the month are the toughest!

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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



Nikola Tesla Quote: “My wireless transmitter does not use Hertzian waves, which are a grievous myth, but sound waves in the aether...”

My wireless transmitter does not use Hertzian waves, which are a grievous myth, but sound waves in the aether...

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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...”

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...

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.”

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “It is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering – only expensive – blind, faint-hearted, doubting world.”

It is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering – only expensive – blind, faint-hearted, doubting world.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work.”

So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Is nature a giant cat? If so, who strokes its back?”

Is nature a giant cat? If so, who strokes its back?

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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


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

When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “It is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.”

It is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Every effort under compulsion demands a sacrifice of energy. I never paid such a price.”

Every effort under compulsion demands a sacrifice of energy. I never paid such a price.

— Nikola Tesla



Nikola Tesla Quote: “If Mr. Edison had thought smarter he wouldn’t sweat as much.”

If Mr. Edison had thought smarter he wouldn’t sweat as much.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “We build but to tear down. Most of our work and resource is squandered. Our onward march is marked by devastation. Everywhere there is an appalling loss of time, effort and life. A cheerless view, but true.”

We build but to tear down. Most of our work and resource is squandered. Our onward march is marked by devastation. Everywhere there is an appalling loss of time, effort and life. A cheerless view, but true.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The idea of atomic energy is illusionary but it has taken so powerful a hold on the minds, that although I have preached against it for twenty-five years, there are still some who believe it to be realizable.”

The idea of atomic energy is illusionary but it has taken so powerful a hold on the minds, that although I have preached against it for twenty-five years, there are still some who believe it to be realizable.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The entire Earth will be converted into a huge brain.”

The entire Earth will be converted into a huge brain.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “It has cost me years of thought to arrive at certain results, by many believed to be unattainable, for which there are now numerous claimants, and the number of these is rapidly increasing, like that of the colonels in the South after the war.”

It has cost me years of thought to arrive at certain results, by many believed to be unattainable, for which there are now numerous claimants, and the number of these is rapidly increasing, like that of the colonels in the South after the war.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “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.”

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


Nikola Tesla Quote: “The future will show whether my foresight is as accurate now as it has proved heretofore.”

The future will show whether my foresight is as accurate now as it has proved heretofore.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction.”

To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “My ear barely caught signals coming in regular succession which could not have been produced on earth...”

My ear barely caught signals coming in regular succession which could not have been produced on earth...

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “So astounding are the facts in this connection, that it would seem as though the Creator, himself had electrically designed this planet...”

So astounding are the facts in this connection, that it would seem as though the Creator, himself had electrically designed this planet...

— Nikola Tesla



Nikola Tesla Quote: “All the great religions contain wise prescriptions relating to the conduct of life, which hold good now as they did when they were promulgated.”

All the great religions contain wise prescriptions relating to the conduct of life, which hold good now as they did when they were promulgated.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe.”

Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using 17 of my patents.”

Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using 17 of my patents.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “We should begin at the very root from which we spring, we should effect a radical reform in the character of the food.”

We should begin at the very root from which we spring, we should effect a radical reform in the character of the food.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “I am equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian fatherland.”

I am equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian fatherland.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “I predict that very shortly the old-fashioned incandescent lamp, having a filament heated to brightness by the passage of electric current through it, will entirely disappear.”

I predict that very shortly the old-fashioned incandescent lamp, having a filament heated to brightness by the passage of electric current through it, will entirely disappear.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “Up to that time I never realized that I possessed any particular gift of discovery, but Lord Rayleigh, whom I always considered as an ideal man of science, had said so and if that was the case, I felt that I should concentrate on some big idea.”

Up to that time I never realized that I possessed any particular gift of discovery, but Lord Rayleigh, whom I always considered as an ideal man of science, had said so and if that was the case, I felt that I should concentrate on some big idea.

— Nikola Tesla


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.”

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


Nikola Tesla Quote: “A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.”

A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.

— Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Quote: “With a different form of wireless instrument devised by me some years ago it was found practicable to locate a body of metallic ore below the ground, and it seems that a submarine could be similarly detected.”

With a different form of wireless instrument devised by me some years ago it was found practicable to locate a body of metallic ore below the ground, and it seems that a submarine could be similarly detected.

— Nikola Tesla


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