7 Quotes from the Biggest Intellects
It’s very interesting to see how the minds of the people who came to change the world actually worked. These people were radical thinkers, innovators, and just all-around smart! Today, we get a short glimpse and feel on them with the inspiring quotes they shared to the world – while also learning some cool, unique facts that you probably haven’t heard of before!
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result.
He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up.
His work is like that of the planter – for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.”
Known to many as the inventor of the alternating current, it may seem ironic that Nikola Tesla was actually born during a lightning storm. Perhaps that’s what fueled the idea for his innovation in the first place? Outside of his scientific life, Tesla was actually quite a funny person, and although he and Thomas Edison were indeed rivals, they were not “sworn enemies” as most people believe them to be.
“You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
Did you know that it is estimated that over 75% of the quotes attributed to Einstein on the internet were never actually said by him? People use his name and image as the ultimate authority of intelligence, which is ironic, as Einstein when asked what it was like to be the smartest man alive said “I don’t know, you’d need to ask Nicholas Tesla”.
“If I have seen further than others,
it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
While many know Isaac Newton to be highly scientific, he was also a devout Christian, which is unlike most other scientists of that time. Oh, and that apple thing where he was sitting under a tree? That actually never happened. The actual story, according to the man himself, was that he saw a fruit drop while looking out his front window. Probably not as exciting, but hey, the more you know!
“However difficult life may seem, there is
always something you can do and succeed at.”
Known for his book “A Brief History of Time”, Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose work laid the groundwork for the study of general relativity and black holes. He’s also the only person on this list who is still currently alive, and has lived a long, happy life, despite being given just two years to live after his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Stephen Hawking has also not yet won a Nobel Prize, to the dismay of his many fans.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain
way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
While he is best known for his invention of the incandescent light bulb and for quotes on the internet on how it took him a hundred failures to ultimately achieve success, Thomas Edison actually did so much more. He invented and contributed to the invention of the phonograph, electrical systems, the first motion picture camera, telegraph, telephone, and the X-ray.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of
accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci
When people think of Leonardo da Vinci, they mostly think of him for the work he’s best known for: his paintings of the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man, and the Last Supper. What most people don’t know is that he was so much more than that: he was also an inventor, scientist, mathematician, writer, and a musician. Talk about talent!
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not
discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin, known as the “Father of Evolution” and for his theory of natural selection, was actually quite an interesting person. He married his first cousin and had 10 children (three of which died), and he has even written a young-adult non-fiction book about his marriage… While wasn’t a Buddhist himself, he had quite a fascination for the religion.