Photo Date: 1898
Tesla holding a gas-filled phosphor coated wireless light bulb which he developed in the 1890’s, half a century before fluorescent lamps come into use. Published on the cover of the Electrical Experimenter in 1919.
“It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus.”
From Popular Mechanics via the New York Times, October 1909.
“Most certainly, some planets are not inhabited, but others are, and among these there must exist life under all conditions and phases of development.”
From “How to Signal to Mars,” 1910.
“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.”
From “The Tesla Alternate Current Motor,” 1888.
“That is the trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply in their mind, so that they can actually ‘feel it work.’ They want to try their first idea right off; and the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material, only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong direction. We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.”
From “Tesla, Man and Inventor,” 1895.
“Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it. Uncleanliness, which breeds disease and death, is not only a self-destructive but highly immoral habit.”
From “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy,” 1900.
“Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
As quoted in Tesla: Man Out of Time, by Margaret Cheney, 2001.
Photo Date: 1899
This publicity photo taken at Colorado Springs was a double exposure. Tesla poses with his “magnifying transmitter” capable of producing millions of volts of electricity. The discharge here is twenty-two foot in length. The inscription on the photograph is addressed to Sir William Crookes and reads; To my illustrious friend Sir William Crookes of whom I always think and whose letters I never answer. June 17, 1901