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Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a genius inventor whose contribution to the modern world is often under estimated in favour of other inventors of his day, that, to coin a phrase that Tesla would be proud of figuratively speaking 'stole his thunder'. Tesla kept most of his ideas inside his head as he was blessed with a photographic memory, he could imagine an invention in his mind and often built new inventions this way. He invented the x-ray before Wilhelm Roentgen and was transmitting radio signals before the work of Marconi would lead the Italian to a Nobel Prize. He demonstrated a radio controlled boat in 1898 and tried to sell the idea to an uninterested U.S. military that only became interested in the idea at the outbreak of WW1. In the battle of AC versus DC Tesla's AC won the day and usurped the DC power supply being promoted by his rival Thomas Edison despite Edison using underhand tactics to try to convince authorities and the public his system was safer and better. Tesla was an eccentric inventor that earned himself the moniker of The Mad Scientist and it seems apparent he could have achieved so much more if it were not for greedy businessmen looking to exploit his inventions for financial gain rather than the good of all the people. When great scientific minds speak many people are prepared to listen because their words are given an extra meaning. Nikola also came out with a great many one liners so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Nikola Tesla quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Nikola Tesla
  • Born: 10th July 1856, Smiljan, Austrian Empire (present day Croatia)
  • Died: 7th January 1943, New York City, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Graz University of Technology
  • Occupation: Physicist and inventor
  • Nickname: The Mad Scientist
  • Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
  • Languages: He was a polyglot who was fluent in Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian and Latin
  • Patents: Tesla has 278 known patents attributed to him but it is estimated there are more hidden away in patent office vaults worldwide
  • Trivia: He recovered after suffering from cholera in 1873 and he put his recovery down to being inspired by reading Mark Twain books. Years later in a turn of irony Twain became good friends with Tesla and helped to promote his inventions

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

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 really worked, is mine"

Nikola Tesla

"If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search"

Nikola Tesla

"I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device"

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

"Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists"

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

"Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress"

Nikola Tesla

"Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment"

Nikola Tesla

"Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world"

Nikola Tesla

"No free energy device will ever be allowed to reach the market"

Nikola Tesla

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

Nikola Tesla

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