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A collection of motivational quotes by Nikola Tesla, the man who invented the AC motor, about life, work, God, success and failure.

58 Inspirational Quotes By Nikola Tesla That Are Still Relevant

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Father of Radio

Born On
10 July 1856 AD

Died On
07 January 1943 AD

Born In
Smiljan, Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia)

Died At Age
86

Nikola Tesla was an inventor and engineer who garnered over 300 patents in his lifetime. His most famous work, however, was the development of alternating current which laid the foundation for futuristic technologies. Here are a few interesting piece of trivia from the life of this famous scientist.

A lightning storm was raging when Tesla was born and apparently the midwife deemed it to be a bad omen and said “This child will be a child of darkness.” Hearing this, his mother replied, “No. He will be a child of light.”

Tesla was a man of wit and humor and he would indulge in funny correspondences with friends. For instance, he penned this letter to an acquaintance after dining with friend Rudyard Kipling.

April 1, 1901
My dear Mrs. Johnson,
What is the matter with inkspiller Kipling? He actually dared to invite me to dine in an obscure hotel where I would be sure to get hair and cockroaches in the soup.

Yours truly,
N. Tesla 

Tesla was an inventor who realized the importance of renewable resources and even conducted research on how to utilize energy from earth and air. He was also a humanist who is described by Jane Alcorn as someone who “did what he did for the sake of the betterment of mankind and wanted to give people an opportunity to have a better quality of life. Thus, he never seemed to care about monetary gain and never had enough money for his research.”

Here are a few inspirational quotes by the famous scientist Nikola Tesla.

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

- Nikola Tesla

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

- 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 present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.

- 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

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

- Nikola Tesla

Of all things, I liked books best.

- 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

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

- Nikola Tesla

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

- Nikola Tesla

One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.

- Nikola Tesla

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

- 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

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

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

- Nikola Tesla

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

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

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.

- My Inventions, 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

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

- Nikola Tesla

What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.

- Nikola Tesla

The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains.

- Nikola Tesla

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

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

- Nikola Tesla

Nije mi žao što su ukrali moje ideje, već što nisu imali svoje

- Nikola Tesla

Great moments are born great oppurtunity

- Nikola Tesla

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

- Nikola Tesla

Its not the love you make. It's the love you give.

- Nikola Tesla

Inventors don't have time for married life.

- Nikola Tesla

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

- Nikola Tesla

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

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

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.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves.

- My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla, Nikola Tesla

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.

- Nikola Tesla

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

The carrying out into practise of a crude idea as is being generally done is, I hold, nothing but a waste of energy, money and time. My

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe

- Nikola Tesla

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

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

One has to be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

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

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

As I review the events of my past life I realize how subtle are the influences that shape our destinies.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

It is not in the shallow physical imitation of men that women will assert first their equality and later their superiority, but in the awakening of the intellect of women.

- Nikola Tesla

Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races, and we are still far from this blissful realization.

- My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla, Nikola Tesla

Deficient observation is merely a form of ignorance and responsible for the many morbid notions and foolish ideas prevailing.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

One may feel a sudden wave of sadness and rake his brain for an explanation when he might have noticed that it was caused by a cloud cutting off the rays of the sun.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

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.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

My project was retarded by laws of nature. The world was not prepared for it. It was too far ahead of time. But the same laws will prevail in the end and make it a triumphal success.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

I [had] 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

Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.

- The Problem of Increasing Human Energy: with Special References to the Harnessing of the Sun's Energy, Nikola Tesla

The by far greater number of human beings are never aware of what is passing around and within them, and millions fall victims of disease and die prematurely just on this account.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races, and we are still far from this blissful realization. As

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

...and led me to finally recognise that I was but an automaton devoid of free will in thought and action and merely responsible to the forces of the environment.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

My belief is firm in a law of compensation. The true rewards are ever in proportion to the labor and sacrifices made.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I am, if thought is the equivalent of labor, for I have devoted to it almost all of my waking hours.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

These are only new devices for putting the weak at the mercy of the strong.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

There is scarcely a subject that cannot be mathematically treated and the effects calculated or the results determined beforehand from the available theoretical and practical data.

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla

Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves. The

- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla