Nikola Tesla working in his Colorado Springs Laboratory. The genuis' inventions like the Tesla valve are still not completely understood more than 100 years later. Credit: Dickenson V. Alley, Wellcome Collection, CC BY

10 Inspirational and Mind-Altering Quotes by Nikola Tesla

"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence."


Traveling to the countryside in Lika, I feel swept from my feet by the beauty of the natural treasures it has to offer. Among the many incredible towns in Lika, Croatia, is one very special, not only to the people in the region, the citizens of Croatia, but, when I think about it, perhaps all of humankind. As dawn breaks, the church bells in Smiljan, Croatia, ring out over the rolling hills, a serene soundtrack to this hamlet tucked away in history’s embrace. Here, amid the beauty of the Croatian landscape, the genius of Nikola Tesla first sparked to life. This celebrated scientist hailed from this modest village, whose name somehow gets eclipsed in the popular narrative of invention and discovery. I find myself fortunate to live not far away from the birthplace of this true genius.

And as I traverse these familiar lanes, I often find myself contemplating Tesla, his remarkable mind, and the indelible footprint he left on our world. It’s astounding to consider how one man from such humble beginnings could shape the trajectory of human technology in such profound ways. From our everyday electrical systems to wireless communication precursors, his contributions underpin so much of the comfort we take for granted today. Yet, to many, his name remains obscure, his brilliance unsung.


10 Mind-Altering Quotes by Nikola Tesla

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

  2. “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

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

  4. “The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.”

  5. “Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe.”

  6. “Of all things, I liked books best.”

  7. “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.”

  8. “The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power.”

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

  10. “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.”

The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Nikola Tesla

How much does humankind owe to Nikola Tesla? Though incalculable, the answer to this question can be seen and felt every day in every corner of our technologically-driven world. Had his genius been nurtured in a different time – in today’s era of rapid tech development, perhaps – one can only imagine the quantum leaps our society could have made. I can only imagine how the world we live in today would have been different had Tesla been born in much more modern times.


But even those this is not so, and he was alife 167 years ago, his legacy continues to inspire us. From the idyllic lanes of Smiljan in Lika, to the sprawling cities powered by his inventions, his influence remains as tangible as ever. It’s a legacy that should be celebrated, his story widely shared so that the underrated genius of Nikola Tesla is known, understood, and appreciated by all. Living near his birthplace, I feel an unspoken connection to this titan of technology, a sense of gratitude, and a desire to ensure that his extraordinary contributions are never overlooked or forgotten.

Nikola Tesla, you are the man, the myth, and the legend.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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