Nikola Tesla

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We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Mistake
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A new idea must not be judged by its immediate results.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Ideas
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If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Keys
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Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Ignorance
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Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Enlightenment
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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
Collection: Mother
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Our entire biological system, the brain, and the Earth itself, work on the same frequencies.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Positive
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To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Perception
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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.
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Collection: Inspirational
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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.
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Collection: Real
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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
Collection: World
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Crystals are living beings at the beginning of creation.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Crystals
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Each day we go to our work in the hope of discovering.
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Collection: Each Day
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Throughout the infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.
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Collection: Perfect
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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
Collection: Men
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It’s not the love you make. It's the love you give.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Love You
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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.
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Collection: Powerful
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In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit.
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Collection: Past
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Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. This idea is not novel... We find it in the delightful myth of Antaeus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among the subtle speculations of one of your splendid... 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 wheelwork of nature.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Men
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To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume centuries and centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.
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Collection: War
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For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of insuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Christian
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All the great religions contain wise prescriptions relating to the conduct of life, which hold good now as they did when they were promulgated.
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Collection: Wise
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We have to evolve means for obtaining energy from stores which are forever inexhaustible, to perfect methods which do not imply consumption and waste of any material whatever. I now feel sure that the realization of that idea is not far off. ...the possibilities of the development I refer to, namely, that of the operation of engines on any point of the earth by the energy of the medium.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Mean
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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.
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Collection: Father
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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 in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in my thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Running
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Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe.
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Collection: Generations
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My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Mother
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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.
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Collection: Zero
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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.
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Collection: Art
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My belief is firm in a law of compensation. The true rewards are ever in proportion to the labor and sacrifices made. This is one of the reasons why I feel certain that of all my inventions, the Magnifying Transmitter will prove most important and valuable to future generations. I am prompted to this prediction not so much by thoughts of the commercial and industrial revolution which it will surely bring about, but of the humanitarian consequences of the many achievements it makes possible. Considerations of mere utility weigh little in the balance against the higher benefits of civilization.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Hard Work
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Edison was by far the most successful and, probably, the last exponent of the purely empirical method of investigation. Everything he achieved was the result of persistent trials and experiments often performed at random but always attesting extraordinary vigor and resource. Starting from a few known elements, he would make their combinations and permutations, tabulate them and run through the whole list, completing test after test with incredible rapidity until he obtained a clue. His mind was dominated by one idea, to leave no stone unturned, to exhaust every possibility.
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Collection: Success
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The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct. [...] The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Race
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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.
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Collection: Design
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Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Fighting
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Of all the endless variety of phenomena which nature presents to our senses, there is none that fills our minds with greater wonder than that inconceivably complex movement which, in its entirety, we designate as human life; Its mysterious origin is veiled in the forever impenetrable mist of the past, its character is rendered incomprehensible by its infinite intricacy, and its destination is hidden in the unfathomable depths of the future... .
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Collection: Character
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They say much about the Einstein's theory now. According to Einstein the ether does not exist and many people agree with him. But it is a mistake in my opinion. Ether's opponents refer to the experiments of Maykelson - Morli [Michelson-Morley] who made attempts to detect the Earth's movement relative to the fixed-bed ether. These experiments failed, however it didn't mean the ether's non-existence. I always based as fact the existence of mechanical ether in my works and therefore I could achieve positive success.
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Collection: Mistake
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I am equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian fatherland.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Proud
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Though we may never be able to comprehend human life, we know certainly that it is a movement, of whatever nature it be. The existence of movement unavoidably implies a body which is being moved and a force which is moving it. Hence, wherever there is life, there is a mass moved by a force. All mass possesses inertia; all force tends to persist
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Collection: Inspirational
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An inventor's endeavor is essentially lifesaving. Whether he harnesses forces, improves devices, or provides new comforts and conveniences, he is adding to the safety of our existence. He is also better qualified than the average individual to protect himself in peril, for he is observant and resourceful.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Life
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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.
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Collection: Sight
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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... Their scientific meaning and purpose now clear to me: food to increase the mass, peace to diminish the retarding force, and work to increase the force accelerating human movement.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Energy
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His [Thomas Edison] method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened and, at first, I was almost a sorry witness of his doings, knowing that just a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 per cent of the labor. But he had a veritable contempt for book learning and mathematical knowledge, trusting himself entirely to his inventor's instinct and practical American sense. In view of this, the truly prodigious amount of his actual accomplishments is little short of a miracle.
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Collection: Sorry
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I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Rays
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I never have, above my signature, announced anything that I did not prove first. That is the reason why no statement of mine was ever contradicted, and I do not think it will be, because whenever I publish something I go through it first by experiment, then from experiment I calculate, and when I have the theory and practice meet I announce the results.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Thinking
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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. If those hopes would become fulfilled, the most exciting thought would be that it is a deed of a Serb.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: People
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Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Odds
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The human mind thinks but to complicate. As soon as one problem is solved, that solution introduces new complications, other problems that perhaps did not exist before. That was one of my great troubles when I was younger, I invented many things that were very fine, but always I was getting into complications. I have had to work very hard to overcome that.
- Nikola Tesla
Collection: Thinking
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I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I am, if thought is the equivalent of labour, for I have devoted to it almost all of my waking hours. But if work is interpreted to be a definite performance in a specified time according to a rigid rule, then I may be the worst of idlers.
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Collection: Inspirational
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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
Collection: Development