Nikola Tesla Quotes

Nikola Tesla, the brilliant Serbian-American inventor and visionary, made profound contributions to society and had a unique understanding of the universe. His famous quote, "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration," encapsulates his pioneering work and philosophy.

Tesla’s most significant contribution to society lies in his groundbreaking work on alternating current (AC) electrical systems, which revolutionized the way we generate and distribute electricity. This innovation led to the widespread electrification of the world, powering homes, industries, and technological advancements. His inventions also include the Tesla coil, wireless communication, and pioneering experiments in wireless transmission of energy.

Beyond his tangible contributions, Tesla’s quote reveals his deep insight into the fundamental principles governing the universe. He understood that the key to unlocking its mysteries lay in understanding the fundamental building blocks: energy, frequency, and vibration. This insight has since influenced fields ranging from quantum physics to metaphysics.

Tesla’s work continues to inspire scientists and innovators, emphasizing the importance of exploring these core principles to unravel the universe’s secrets. His legacy endures in the technology we use daily and in the way we approach the mysteries of the cosmos. Tesla’s wisdom encourages us to think beyond the surface and dive into the depths of the universe’s intricacies through the lens of energy, frequency, and vibration.


Nikola Tesla Says: “A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times, may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes of nature.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “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 Says:  “Each day we go to our work in the hope of discovering,—in the hope that some one, no matter who, may find a solution of one of the pending great problems,—and each succeeding day we return to our task with renewed ardor; and even if we are unsuccessful, our work has not been in vain, for in these strivings, in these efforts, we have found hours of untold pleasure, and we have directed our energies to the benefit of mankind.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “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.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “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 Says: “Electrical science has disclosed to us the more intimate relation existing between widely different forces and phenomena and has thus led us to a more complete comprehension of Nature and its many manifestations to our senses.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “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 Says:  “From childhood I was compelled to concentrate attention upon myself. This caused me much suffering, but to my present view, it was a blessing in disguise for it has taught me to appreciate the inestimable value of introspection in the preservation of life, as well as a means of achievement.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “From my childhood I had been intended for the clergy. This prospect hung like a dark cloud on my mind.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “Gain more energy, waste less energy, spend the energy so next time you’ll need less to achieve more. Increase human mass, reduce retarding force, and increase the force accelerating the human mass. Follow this process with reason.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “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.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “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.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “I came from Paris in the Spring of 1884, and was brought in intimate contact with him [Thomas Edison]. We experimented day and night, holidays not excepted. His existence was made up of alternate periods of work and sleep in the laboratory. He had no hobby, cared for no sport or amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene. There can be no doubt that, if he had not married later a woman of exceptional intelligence, who made it the one object of her life to preserve him, he would have died many years ago from consequences of sheer neglect. So great and uncontrollable was his passion for work.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married men.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “I would not give my rotating field discovery for a thousand inventions, however valuable… A thousand years hence, the telephone and the motion picture camera may be obsolete, but the principle of the rotating magnetic field will remain a vital, living thing for all time to come.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “If he [Thomas Edison] had a needle to find in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … Just a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “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 Says: “In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “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 Says: “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 Says: “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 Says: “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.”

Nikola Tesla Says: “Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”

Nikola Tesla Says:  “Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents.”