Zitate Nikola Tesla
über Thomas Alva Edison, New York Times, 19. Oktober 1931
Original engl.: "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. ... I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor."
To a secretary, as quoted in Tesla: Man Out of Time (1998) by Margaret Cheney, p. 127 (footnote). https://books.google.pl/books/about/Tesla.html?id=HIuK7iLO9zgC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&hl=en&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Never%20trust%20a%20Jew&f=false
Tesla's anti-Semitism appeared sporadic and was unusual among gentiles of his time.
„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. If those hopes would become fulfilled, the most exciting thought would be that it is a deed of a Serb.“
Address at the Belgrade train station (1 June 1892)
„Ere long intelligence—transmitted without wires—will throb through the earth like a pulse through a living organism. The wonder is that, with the present state of knowledge and the experiences gained, no attempt is being made to disturb the electrostatic or magnetic condition of the earth, and transmit, if nothing else, intelligence.“
Electrical Engineer, (24 Jun 1892), 11, 609.
„One day I went alone to the river to enjoy myself as usual. When I was a short distance from the masonry, however, I was horrified to observe that the water had risen and was carrying me along swiftly.… The pressure against my chest was great and I was barely able to keep my head above the surface.… Slowly and gradually I became exhausted and unable to withstand the strain longer. Just as I was about to let go, to be dashed against the rocks below, I saw in a flash of light a familiar diagram illustrating the hydraulic principle that the pressure of a fluid in motion is proportionate to the area exposed and automatically I turned on my left side. As if by magic, the pressure was reduced.“
My Inventions (1919)
"Radio Power Will Revolutionize the World" in Modern Mechanics and Inventions (July 1934)
Kontext: The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. 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.
Quelle: Nikola Tesla: 100 Quotes on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Success
„Of all the frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called 'the greatest evil in the world.' The friction which results from ignorance… can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent.“
"The Problem of Increasing Human Energy", The Century (Jun 1900), 211. Collected in The Century (1900), Vol. 60, 211