Nikola Tesla quotes

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Brain #Secret

  • If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Thinking #Secret

  • When wireless is fully applied the earth will be converted into a huge brain, capable of response in every one of its parts.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Brain #Earth #Response

  • I don't care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don't have any of their own
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Ideas #Care

  • Alpha waves in the human brain are between 6 and 8 hertz. The wave frequency of the human cavity resonates between 6 and 8 hertz. All biological systems operate in the same frequency range. The human brain's alpha waves function in this range and the electrical resonance of the earth is between 6 and 8 hertz. Thus, our entire biological system - the brain and the earth itself - work on the same frequencies. If we can control that resonate system electronically, we can directly control the entire mental system of humankind.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Brain #Earth #Wave

  • 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

    #Pride #Community #Understanding

  • It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Around The World #Messages #World

  • In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Crystals #Principles #Existence

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

    #Generations #Driven #Machinery

  • I am part of a light, and it is the music. The Light fills my six senses: I see it, hear, feel, smell, touch and think. Thinking of it means my sixth sense. Particles of Light are written note. A bolt of lightning can be an entire sonata. A thousand balls of lightening is a concert.. For this concert I have created a Ball Lightning, which can be heard on the icy peaks of the Himalayas.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Mean #Thinking #Smell

  • Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Ideas #Secret

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Life #Wisdom

  • 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

    #Mother #Mind #Taught

  • There is no energy in matter other than that received from the environment
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Energy #Matter #Environment

  • The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Life #Desire

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Nature #Reality

  • But the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Powerful #Men #Average

  • 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

    #Change #Dream #Future

  • Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point in the universe. This idea is not novel...We find it in the delightful myth of Antheus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among subtle speculations of one of your splendid mathematicians...throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static, or kinetic? If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic - and this we know it is, for certain - then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheel work of nature.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Men #Ideas #Space

  • 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

    #Thinking #Insanity #Curiosity

  • Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #World #Behavior #Social

  • Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Perception #World #Minutes

  • 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

    #Reading #Mean #Perfection

  • Perhaps I failed, but I did my best, These masters of mine may do the rest.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #May #Masters

  • If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Keys #Magnificence #If Only You Knew

  • 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

    #Struggle #Past

  • I am even grateful to Einstein and others because through their erroneous theories they lead mankind away from that dangerous path I followed.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Grateful #Path #Theory

  • Our entire biological system, the brain, and the Earth itself, work on the same frequencies.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Brain #Earth

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Men #Creative

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

    #Goal #League #Desire

  • I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Men #Thinking

  • We are whirling through endless space, with and inconceivable speed, all around everything is spinning, everything is moving, everywhere there is energy. There must be some way of availing ourselves of this energy more directly. Then, with the light obtained from the medium, with the power derived from it, with every form of energy obtained without effort, from the store forever inexhaustible, humanity will advance with giant strides. The mere contemplation of these magnificent possibilities expand our minds, strengthens our hopes and and fills our hearts with supreme delight.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Moving #Heart #Light

  • 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

    #Motivational #Success #Heart

  • The idea came like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Ideas #Lightning #Flash

  • Einstein's relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king.. its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Kings #Ignorance #Men

  • Of all things, I liked books best.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Book

  • If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Hate #Light #World

  • My belief is firm in a law of compensation. The true rewards are ever in proportion to the labour and sacrifices made.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Sacrifice #Law #Rewards

  • Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Life #Science

  • 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

    #Effort #Brain #Fiber

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Art #Looks

  • The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Men #Race #Passing Away

  • 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

    #Powerful #Believe #Taken

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

    #Inspirational #Yesterday #Today

  • No rocket will reach the moon save by a miraculous discovery of an explosive far more energetic than any known. And even if the requisite fuel were produced, it would still have to be shown that the rocket machine would operate at 459 degrees below zero-the temperature of interplanetary space.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Zero #Future #Moon

  • 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

    #Distance #Spheres #Influence

  • 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

    #Artist #Giving #Mind

  • 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

    #Design #Vision #Operations

  • But I hope that it will also be demonstrated soon that in my experiments in the West I was not merely beholding a vision, but had caught sight of a great and profound truth.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Sight #Profound #Vision

  • You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Men #May #Horror

  • The opinion of the world does not affect me. I have placed as the real values in my life what follows when I am dead.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Real #World #Doe

  • Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Goal #Humanity #Betterment

  • 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.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Stars #Thinking #Ties

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

    #Men #Succeed #Machinery

  • It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Opening Up #Ignorant #Intellectual

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

    #Accurate #Shows #Foresight

  • 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

    #Brightness #Lamps #Disappear

  • How extraordinary was my life an incident may illustrate... [As a youth] I was fascinated by a description of Niagara Falls. I had perused, and pictured in my imagination a big wheel run by the Falls. I told my uncle that I would go to America and carry out this scheme. Thirty years later I saw my ideas carried out at Niagara and marveled at the unfathomable mystery of the mind.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Running #Uncles #Fall

  • When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Real #Distance #Brain

  • Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Enlightenment #Natural #Consequence

  • I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Rays #Motive #Cosmic

  • The last 29 days of the month are the toughest!
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Lasts #Months

  • 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.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Humanity #Secret #Genius

  • 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

    #Men #Discovery #Enabling

  • 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

    #Fire #Flames #May

  • Electric power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world's machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas, or any other of the common fuels.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Oil #Needs #Coal

  • Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Life #Men #Matter

  • It is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering — only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Simple #Engineering #Doubt

  • If we use our fuel to get our power, we are living on our capital and exhausting it rapidly. This method is barbarous and wantonly wasteful, and will have to be stopped in the interest of coming generations. The heat of the sun's rays represents an immense amount of energy vastly in excess of waterpower...The sun's energy controlled to create lakes and rivers for motive purposes and transformation of arid deserts into fertile land...
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Land #Rivers #Lakes

  • That is the trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply in their mind, so that they can actually "feel it work." They want to try their first idea right off; and the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material, only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong direction. We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Mistake #Ideas #Mind

  • 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

    #Years #Submarines #Body

  • Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence-by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the heartless strife of commercial existence. ... So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed-only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Selfish #Struggle #Heart

  • 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

    #Loss #Views #Effort

  • The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Motivational #Success #Future

  • Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called 'the greatest evil in the world.' The friction which results from ignorance ... can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Ignorance #Evil #Effort

  • 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

    #Development #Phases #Planets

  • Women will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Civilization #Progress #Precedent

  • The entire Earth will be converted into a huge brain
    -- Nikola Tesla

    #Inspirational #Brain #Earth