Nikola Tesla

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

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

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

“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”

“We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.”

“The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.”

“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.”


Elon Musk

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

“Some people don’t like change, but you need to if the alternative is disaster.”

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

“There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”

“It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

“My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.”

“I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.”

“Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”

“Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends. … Hardly anyone does that, and it’s incredibly helpful.”

“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

“What makes innovative thinking happen?… I think it’s really a mindset. You have to decide.”

“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.”

“Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.”

“You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.”

“Don’t delude yourself into thinking something’s working when it’s not, or you’re gonna get fixated on a bad solution.”


Others

“You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.”
– Nelson Mandela

“I change myself, I change the world.”
– Gloria Anzuldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“[We] are the makers of our own state and…individuals who realize the fact need not, ought not, to wait for collective action.”
– Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi

“Don’t wait for anyone to deputize you or authorize you or empower you. You have to just start out with yourself…and put one foot in front of the other.”
– Hazel Henderson, Visionaries by Utne Reader

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s not too late at all. You just don’t yet know what you are capable of.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.”
– Anwar Sadat

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing in the tempting place.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.”
– Peace Pilgrim

“Every good movement passes through five stages, indifference, ridicule, abuse, repression, and respect.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.”
– Paul Hawken

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.”
-Jochen Zeitz

“It angers me when sustainability gets used as a buzz word. For 90 percent of the world, sustainability is a matter of survival.”
– Cameron Sinclair

“Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.”
– Ralph Bicknese

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
– Gandhi

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”
– Albert Einstein

“People ‘over-produce’ pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it.”
– Ha-Joon Chang