Quotes from: Nikola Tesla

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

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

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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

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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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The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful 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

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

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With ideas it is like with dizzy heights you climb: At first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood; your step gets firm and sure and you begin to look – for dizzier heights

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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

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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

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