Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, philosopher and a visionary of his time and ours. Without the presents of Nikola Tesla on planet earth, we may have never have gotten to the technical advances we have achieved. Tesla was best known for the designs of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. His quotes are beautifully valid today, mixing philosophy with an engineering mind.
Here are 21 quotes from Nikola Tesla electrify your mind.
1. 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.
2. If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.
6. Power can be, and at no distant date will be, transmitted without wires, for all commercial uses, such as the lighting of homes and the driving of aeroplanes. I have discovered the essential principles, and it only remains to develop them commercially. When this is done, you will be able to go anywhere in the world — to the mountain top overlooking your farm, to the arctic, or to the desert — and set up a little equipment that will give you heat to cook with, and light to read by. This equipment will be carried in a satchel not as big as the ordinary suit case. In years to come wireless lights will be as common on the farms as ordinary electric lights are nowadays in our cities.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. There is no memory or retentive faculty based on lasting impression. What we designate as memory is but increased responsiveness to repeated stimuli.
11. The universal utilisation of waterpower 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.
12. The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Wilful 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.
13. We have soon to have everywhere smoke annihilators, dust absorbers, ozonisers, sterilizers of water, air, food and clothing, and accident preventers on streets, elevated roads and in subways. It will become next to impossible to contract disease germs or get hurt in the city, and country folk will got to town to rest and get well.
14. The harness of waterfalls is the most economical method known for drawing energy from the sun.
15. 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.
16. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. Such food, moreover, taxes our digestive organs decidedly less, and, in making us more contented and sociable, produces an amount of good difficult to estimate.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labour occupied in ancient civilisation.
21. 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.
Here is a documentary on Nikola Tesla.