The world’s history is full of people who have changed life for the better. Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Louise Pasteur, Alexander Fleming, and many more have made discoveries and inventions that have improved the lives of the entire world.
One of the lesser known inventors and thinkers of the past was Nikola Tesla. His life is incredibly interesting. If people know about him these days, it’s usually related to his work with electricity and his rivalry with Thomas Edison. This part of his history has been made popular in a few Hollywood movies.
But many people don’t realize that Nikola Tesla was an incredibly intelligent man on a variety of topics, not just science. On January 7th, Nikola Tesla passed away in New York at the age of 86. People are still discovering and re-discovering his theories and works, and he may still contribute to the science of today.
In memory of his passing, everyone at NaQ wanted to give you a picture of who Tesla was, from his own words about a variety of topics. Here they are:
On his American citizenship: “…the papers, which thirty years ago conferred upon me the honor of American citizenship, are always kept in a safe, while my orders, diplomas, degrees, gold medals, and other distinctions are packed away in old trunks.”
Expressing his humility when speaking about the legacy he would leave behind: “What the result of these investigations will be the future will tell; but whatever they may be, and to whatever this principle may lead, I shall be sufficiently recompensed if later it will be admitted that I have contributed a share, however small, to the advancement of science.”
Demonstrating his creativity and his propensity for seeing into the future, in 1909 he stated, “It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus.”
On embracing mystery: “Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”
There you have it. The above are some of the most interesting and informative quotes from Tesla. If you know of others, please submit them to our archive!