Monday, July 18, 2011

Nikola Tesla - "Mr. Tesla Explains Why He Will Never Marry"

I've been researching Nikola Tesla quite a lot lately. I decided to go ahead and post this article I found in the Newspaper Archives. I think that it is part of a complete portrait of the man who was Nikola Tesla--BUT I think that it is important to remember that the year was 1924. And further, remember that Nikola Tesla always attributed his intellect and gift for invention to his mother, who was an inventor herself.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, page 23. August 10, 1924.

Mr. Tesla Explains Why He Will Never Marry

Famous Scientist Felt Un-
worthy of Woman as She
Used To Be, and Now He
Can't Endure Her
Trying to Outdo
the Men

WHEN a man who has made a name for himself deliberately chooses to remain a bachelor the world is naturally curious to know what the reasons were that impelled him to this choice.

Marriage has come to be considered the natural thing for every normal man, and when some pre-eminent man shows a firm determination to sidestep it everybody wonders whether his superior intelligence has revealed to him some fatal defects in the institution of matrimony which are not apparent to the average person.

But the public's curiosity in this respect is seldom gratified. Most of the distinguished bachelors try to pass off their bachelorhood as a joke, saying that it is not a matter of choice, but because they have never been able to find a woman who would marry them. As a rule, they are singularly averse to giving any serious reasons for their failure to become husbands.

Nikola Tesla, the great scientist and inventor, is a striking exception to this rule. In a recent interview with a representative of this newspaper he frankly explains why he has never married and why he probably never will marry.

And in connection with his explanation he presents some ideas about woman's freedom and what he thinks it is sure to lead to that will be read with interest by those who agree with him as well as by the many who will not.

Caption: "In place of the soft voiced, gentle woman of my reverent worship," says Mr. Tesla, "has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man--in dress, voice and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind"

In the past the reason why Mr. Tesla never married was because his estimation of woman placed her on such a lofty pedestal that he could never bring himself to feel worthy of her. Now that she has, as he feels, stepped down from her pedestal and bartered all her noblest qualities for what is called her "freedom," he is even more disinclined to matrimony than he was before.

Although of course Mr. Tesla is too gallant a gentleman to say it in so many words, his comments let it be inferred that he thinks the new woman almost as far beneath him as the one of other days was above him. According to his views, the sex has rushed from one extreme to another of quite a different kind, and in the plunge it has left for Mr. Tesla and other bachelors who think as he does no "happy medium" such as Josiah Allen's wife used to declare one of the essentials to happiness.

Caption: Ida Schnall, the all-around woman athlete, in a boxing bout with Willie Bradley--a sure indication, according to Mr. Tesla's rather gloomy views, that our civilization is deteriorating

"I had always thought of woman," says Mr. Tesla, "as possessing those delicate qualities of mind and soul that made her in these respects far superior to man. I had put her on a lofty pedestal, figuratively speaking, and ranked her in certain important attributes considerably higher than man. I worshiped at the feet of the creature I had raised to this height, and, like every true worshiper, I felt myself unworthy of the object of my worship.

"But all this was in the past. Now the soft-voiced gentle woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished. In her place has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man--in dress, voice and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind."

In those words the great electrical genius sums up the reasons for his bachelorhood.

Some who read them will urge that his view of womankind is distorted by the years he has spent in the laboratory, dealing with inanimate things and developing perhaps an abnormal shyness which acts as an insuperable barrier to marriage. Others will say that the very fact of his detachment from the ordinary routine of life makes him all the better qualified to point out its defects and to criticize the change for the worse which he believes new conditions have brought to womankind.

Caption: Nikola Tesla, the electrical wizard whose discoveries paved the way for this radio age

"Women," says Mr. Tesla, "are becoming stronger than men, both physically and mentally.

"The world has experienced many tragedies, but to my mind the greatest tragedy of all is the present economic condition wherein women strive against men, and in many cases actually succeed in usurping their places in the professions and in industry. This growing tendency of women to overshadow the masculine is a sign of a deteriorating civilization.

"Woman's determined competition with man in the business world is breaking down some of the best traditions--things which have proved the moving factors in the world's slow but substantial progress.

"Practically all the great achievements of man until now have been inspired by his love and devotion to woman. Man has aspired to great things because some woman believed in him, because he wished to command her admiration and respect. For these reasons he has fought for her and risked his life and his all for her time and time again.

"Perhaps the male in human society is useless. I am frank to admit that I don't know. If women are beginning to feel this way about it--and there is striking evidence at hand that they do--then we are entering upon the cruelest period of the world's history.

"Our civilization will sink to a state like that which is found among the bees, ants and other insects--a state wherein the male is ruthlessly killed off. In this matriarchal empire which will be established the female rules. As the female predominates, the males are at her mercy. The male is considered important only as a factor in the general scheme of the continuity of life.

"The tendency of women to push aside man, supplanting the old spirit of cooperation with him in all the affairs of life, is very disappointing to me.

"Woman's independence and her cleverness in obtaining what she wants in the business world is breaking down man's spirit of independence. The old fire he once experienced at being able to achieve something that would compel and hold a woman's devotion is turning to ashes.

"Women don't seem to want that sort of thing to-day. They appear to want to control and govern. They want man to look up to them, instead of their looking up to him."

Mr. Tesla is not given to making statements that he cannot prove. His life's work has been based on logic, not on guesses.

Caption: Mrs. Davenport Engberg, the director of a symphony orchestra and a good example of the way women are entering fields that used to be exclusively men's

In voicing his gloomy views of modern life Mr. Tesla says his observations are not confined to the women of this country. Conditions abroad, he says, suggest that the same tendency is world-wide. Having always regarded woman as a super-being, he expresses great sadness over the change he thinks the last few years have brought in her.

"I am considering this question not merely from the standpoint of a man," he points out. "I am thinking of the woman's side of it.

"As we contemplate any change, we naturally take into consideration the results that may follow such an innovation. One of the results to my mind is quite a pathetic one. Woman, herself, is really the victim instead of, as she thinks, the victor. Contentment is absent from her life. She is ambitious, often far beyond her natural equipment, to attain the thing she wants. She too frequently forgets that all women cannot be prima donnas and motion picture stars.

"Woman's discontent makes the life of the present day still more overstressed. The high pitch given to existence by people who are restless and dissatisfied because they fail to achieve things wholly out of proportion to the health and talent with which Nature has endowed them is a bad thing for the world.

"It seems to me that women are not particularly happy in this newly found freedom, in this new competition which they are waging so persistently against men in business and the professions and even in sport. The question that naturally arises is, whether the women themselves are the gainers or the losers.

"Discontent makes for cranks and unnatural people. There seems to be an uncommon number of them about to-day. This is one of the reasons I remain apart from the crowds. The public, or semi-public, character is the target for all sorts of attacks and unpleasant communications.

Caption: A woman worker in a Michigan railroad machine shop

"For example, I used to receive all sorts of strange notes, many of them letters from cranks threatening my life, because they had read about my experiments in manufacturing lightning bolts. They wrote that they believed I was using these lightning flashes to kill them!
"It seems to me that anything which adds to the great discontent which we observe on every side to-day must be a bad influence on our life. Women who keep themselves agitated by their tremendous ambition to beat man at his game are losing at the same time something that counts for more in the end, it seems to me, than the empty honors that success in business or one of the professions can ever give.

"The power of the true woman is so great that I believe if a beautiful woman--that is to say, one beautiful in spirit, in manner and in thought, in fact, beautiful in every respect, a sort of goddess--were to appear suddenly on earth, she could command the whole world. Her leadership, I believe, would be universally recognized.

"History has given us many examples of the wonderful influence exerted by unusual women. Among these have been the mothers of great men. But their influence lay not in their determination to outdo man, or even to compete with him.

"Perhaps because woman is a finer and more highly sensitized instrument she knows by instinct her power and understands that the extent of it lies in the high position she takes for herself. But the superior never descends to the level of the commonplace."

These views of Nikola Tesla will be received with great interest, whether one agrees or not with his idea that woman in her new role is a sinister force that is going to pull down to ruin our whole social structure. He is generally recognized as one of the greatest mentalities of the present day.

Caption: Renee Prahar, one of many women who are trying to outstrip the men in sculpture

Twenty years ago Tesla astonished the world by flashing a wireless message clear around the globe. His experimental work paved the way for the radio age in which we are now living. Many scientists think it quite possible that one of his highly sensitized machines actually caught signals from Mars.

For several years past he has been living in comparative seclusion in the Colorado Rockies, devoting himself to the perfection of two or three inventions which he expects will revolutionize methods of transportation and communication. He is almost ready to explain to the world a way of transmitting electrical energy without the use of wires.

This will enable the energy from some great source of power like Niagara Falls to be quickly and economically transmitted to any desired part of the earth--and, perhaps, some day to Mars and other planets.

Some philosopher has said that it is as perilous for a man to say he will never marry as for a physician to try to predict the exact hour of a person's death. Mr. Tesla is not an old man. Perhaps he will live long enough to find some woman who will be able to convince him that she has attained her new freedom without sacrificing any of the womanly qualities which he so greatly admires.


Anonymous said...

Fascinating, too bad he erased his lineage from this world. What he failed to realize was that by not marrying, his family line was extinct.

Anonymous said...

sorry, "became extinct"

Anonymous said...

He seems old fashioned in his views. I would have expected better from Mr. Tesla.

Anonymous said...

Pierre and Marie Curie married and together as equals discovered radium.. As brilliant as Mr Tesla was, it soundl like he never met a woman equal to him; therefore, he was better off remaining unwed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he was gay, and he didn't want to publicize it at the time.

Anonymous said...

Straight, gay, old fashioned, brilliantly revolutionary. None of it matters. What is most relevant is our understanding an intellectual giant's knowledge of his self & accepting his choice to not marry.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge Tesla fan, but disappointed by this...sounds like 'Mommy' issues and perhaps no actual, physical attraction to women as this all seems ethereal...

Anonymous said...

Tesla is right . Most of us have lost because of those feminists , who were not attractive enough to get men fall in love with them.... Tesla describes what I tried to be , my whole life ...

Mari said...

Great article, thank you!

braveheartwallace said...

Nanette, I want to thank you for posting this article. Many people do not know Tesla was a Eunuch, I can't find out when he had the procedure done though, can you assist? The tesla museum in Croatia confirmed this fact when I visited them where his boyhood home was. You can't find any info on this in a goog search. As to his political views on the downfall of civilization, I watch a brilliant woman on youtube called "girl writes what" and a website called "a voice for men" that talks about these societal predictions of Tesla and how many men would be destroyed in modern society and I am very worried. After witnessing how many men are unfairly destroyed in our court systems, I think Tesla shows again his brilliance about what was coming.

Anonymous said...

I am here Mr. Telsa, your goddess has arrived..100 + years late but you know women..jk. Well seriously, something about his face or eyes caught my attention, such beauty and I could understand what he feels. I think everyone looks for this perfection in life in people in partners especially. However, seeing how he felt, if he wasn't gay, then it made me think or perhaps for others as well..sometimes this perfection cannot be found but perhaps we should try to be more forgiving or understanding of others even if they come up a bit short..and leave the perfection to the gods or goddesses. I understand what he meeans though but I think all people feel this way about life and some ppl are afraid of getting hurt too so caution is there too..hmmm...too bad, such a nice looking man well hoped he had some relatives to carry on his genes. : ) Liked both pics. Good story, made me think of life, can relate to his ideas.

Anonymous said...

Tesla actually considerably changed his views on women and a matriarchy a few years later. Where once he didn't like the 'society of the bee', he then began to praise it.

"BUT the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress."

Anonymous said...

I still like Tesla. He was a fine man, very fine indeed. Too bad I wasn't around to marry him..
I think he took it the wrong way, men still do, today;not all women try to "compete" with men, but merely want to do something interesting and worthwhile with their time, while also gaining financial independence; compettition is merely a bi-product of women following their dreams(best case scenario, at least)

Anonymous said...

The only thing you don't like about Tesla is that he's not supportive of your foolishness. Guess what, he was a man, not your queer friend from high school.

The only way a woman would consider using her brain is:

- She is ugly.
- I wanna please my engineer daddy/mommy.
- Society told me to.

Might as well stay home and watch the kids.

Anonymous said...

Pardon me, forgot 4rd box.

- I'm a tomboy and closet lesbian.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I have doubts he said all of that. It seems like someone just wants to frown on women doing any accomplishments. His own mother was an inventor.

Anonymous said...

This just proves that men can be gossipy little liars too.

Go read what Tesla ACTUALLY wrote without the tabloid type appeal. I'm glad not all engineers are jerks who think a little too highly of themselves.

I can't see why sexists are scared of women in power considering men have done the most damage to the world and you have NO EXCUSE like PMS so don't even try that one unless you consider your everyday life like constantly being on your monthly.

Anonymous said...

Tons of men HAVE been saying why they aren't marrying. Problem is NOBODY is listening to the men. They are met with resistance and mockery. Truth is, these men have found that intellectual pursuits have more to offer than a partner can. Truth is that besides reproduction purposes, the rest is a waste of time.

GlennyJ said...

Someone 'suggested' that what Nikola Tesla 'failed to realize was that by not marrying, his family line was extinct. How does 'Anonymous' know that it was not his intention?

Perhaps Nikola did not want any offspring to suffer worse fates than he did; worse fates which are now upon the world. War, disease, famine, nuclear radiation, pollution and the ever-present threat of nuclear war.

Nikola lived through rough times and appreciated and understood politics. He saw the build up to World War I and died in the middle of World War II.

I would never accuse Nikola Tesla of NOT having foresight, unless you count how he was duped by bankers and industrialists and had his momentum stalled. The man was a minimalist, and although brilliant, not perfect with reading nefarious people.

Nikola's technologies are now in the process of doing what he predicted, for he is supposed to have said, "The present is their's. The future, for which I have truly laboured; is mine.

Anonymous said...

Nice post!
The prediction about men being destroyed by women feels rather extreme and paranoid though I must admit. Entertaining none the less. I completely agree with his decision not to marry. There's really nothing in it for men now. Modern women are,an utter disappointment in my experience. Yes I have been married. My Advice to any man would be save your money and focus on your goals. Women will suck you dry and not in the way you'd like.

Anonymous said...

Nicky came into this life married, in a manner of speaking. His convictions and work held his thoughts and his love. I'm glad he didn't marry, not one of the women of his time are worthy of his attentions. It's true.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is wrong with all you sexist pigs. Women want to use their minds for exactly that - to use their minds. Not to be more like men. It's ridiculous to assume using your mind and having a profession is a male thing. You've decide it's a male thing when it's actually a common human desire

Anonymous said...

Nikola Tesla.. It is a damn shame that you could not have passed on your knowledge, reasoning & logic onto a son or daughter to keep a small part of yourself alive with your amazing inventions and ideas.. for that I truly do weep.

A nice piece.. surprising how it has panned out in general to modern times. Though in this world that was ruled by men for so long.. it would make a nice change to see if women do it better.. Shame that if they do indeed try to act like men though, we are back to square one.

Many people that want to take the above the wrong way will.. and always will, but women are wonderful and acting like a man will not improve things, for those that do.

White, straight, males are the only ones not allowed to moan about anyone else.. lol.. that’s a joke.

All I can say is when, socially, the going is easy equality can progress as it should.. in times of hardship (in the natural world) this is not the case because man naturally wants to be dominant and at these times, men normally are.. (think how things have always evolved with social structures remote regions with indigenous populations) So never confuse social equality with natural equality.

Being civilised is great and allows us to be equal, but it’s not a given. In times of real world hardship we are truly not on equal terms.


So ladies keep doing that sweet thing... Men try not to be jerks... and feminists.. don't cut your hair short.. you look prettier with it longer ;)

Just remember you have the blessing of being able to bring a new life into this world and that is something that men will never have and always love you for... at least real men!

Anonymous said...

This is one of many fake interviews with Tesla.

Tesla didn't like the press so they just made things up which made him like them even less.

What Tesla wrote in his own letters is that electricity would free women from household chores and with their new free time they would demand the vote and would vote against war.

He got 2 out of 3 right.

Nightowl said...

Tesla was just trying to warn us. That women are capable of surpassing men in general, by any means. I feel his concern was more towards the future though. And how this switch of power in gender could affect balance of things in nature. Maybe Tesla feared the extinction of the Human race in a distant tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the authenticity of this interview, there is no debate that our society has degenerated substantially since Tesla's time. Much of this could be linked to the disappearance of the nuclear family and the extreme entitlements given to women at the expense of men by centralized government. Socialized healthcare is essentially young men paying for young women: the only two gender age ranges with substantially different health costs. Women now compromise a majority of college graduates, yet it is substantially easier for them to gain admission to prestigious degree programs in STEM fields, and then to obtain employment afterward with the same credentials as a male grad. Male workplace deaths are multiples higher than female. Men are incarcerated much more often and are assumed to be the aggressor by law enforcement in confrontations with women. Family courts have shown a well-documented bias towards women. Divorce proceedings almost always financially impact men more severely. Men are subject to conscription laws. Traditionally male activities have been significantly reduced in the name of "equality." Title 9 has essentially decimated non-revenue generating male sports teams at American state schools, which has in turn decimated the population of legitimate male student athletes. Absurd statistics are bandied about in the mainstream (by the president himself) about the fallacious gender wage pay gap in order to maintain the narrative of male patriarchal exploitation despite the obvious reality of the reverse. In popular culture, the delicate feminine nature/wisdom/Eros of the antique is derided and criticized as a relic of the patriarchy.. all while women who present themselves as sexual commodities are glorified and find themselves in positions of immense mimetic impact (Miley, Kim K, etc). Make of it what you will.. a natural progression of mankind's march into modernity.. or perhaps something more sinister..

Anonymous said...

Even though he lived so long ago, I am incredibly attracted to him. He was brilliant, handsome and a real gentleman. I wish I knew him back then. I would have married him if he was interested and given him children that might have been geniuses also. I would have supported his work and taken care of him.

Anonymous said...

Nice summary. All of your statements can be verified by facts and it amounts to a total fisk of the feminist narrative. Interestingly, this has all happened before and will happen again in cycles at the civilization level. Patriarchy builds civilization, power is yielded to a Matriarchy, civilization collapses, repeat. Yin and Yang, I guess. Given which part of the cycle we are in, it's really unnecessary to get too worked up about changing things within the current system as it really is too far gone and won't be around much longer anyways.

Anonymous said...

I cant help but notice that outside of the small number of women in prominent positions of each industry , major corporation, govt, etc, most women have "benefited" from their competition with men by becoming 'servants' to many instead of 'servant' to a loving partner or family.

Example- the service industry is 90% women. Walk into any corporate office environment, majority of admins and personel are women. Many are single moms. Sure, they have their "freedom". If being a wage slave and a single mom is your definition of freedom. What are they 'Free" to do? If it wasnt for the EIC tax credit, medicare and a bevy of other social programs, most of these 'independent women' couldn't survive financially.

For those that pulled ahead, bravo. Why are so many of you perennially on dating sites?

The middle ground has been passed, and Tesla was right, it has not benefited women as a whole, just a minority percentage.

The most unfortunate part of all of this, (and most poetic) is that the superior women are not procreating, and subsequently their genetics are being lost.

Then all of mankind loses- or perhaps evolution is having its say.

Drew Beaudin said...

Maybe be true. But if you believe reincarnation is possible then its possible Tesla was born again as someone else.

Anonymous said...

true. what many people don't see was his words were echoes from Biblical text. from Genesis... and even Biblical prophecies. Women kills chivalry, indeed. Personally i encountered men who said the same thing to me. But, what they don't know i feel so sad that men are not up to their roles and responsibilities. It's frustrating when men don't even know how to use a hammer, fix fences properly... unable to lead a family. I guess Mr. Tesla,some women thinks the same way as you do. you were right, it's a deteriorating society.

JT said...

Wow another man who hates women. Well he was already married to his work. What decent woman wants to constantly do all the work at home whilst some man is out looking for accolades for his work anyway? Men consistently want to go off and do anything they want whilst having a female at home putting up with that. I'm glad he never married. He was either gay or didn't deserve a decent woman anyhow.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, being completely serious. I think I am the reincarnation of Nikola Tesla.

Anonymous said...

Nikola tesla is almost/becoming right,

look at our generation today,
Male nerds who focus on the career path of life, are usually bullied, and when not mostly disregarded as unattractive.
Some gets discouraged though,
while females who have good success in career are usually admired by everyone.

Michael Motes said...

Hater JT is typical of the modern death of our civilization. Women need to be good mothers, that was essentially all Tesla was trying to say. That entails a lot more work and practice and psychology than you know, JT. Women need to be soft and nourishing and fertile to be good mothers, that's why they don't go rough and tumble through the world. That's why cultures that retained this value will out evolve the ones that don't.

Anonymous said...

fake, fake, fake, Tesla never saw this. His concept of woman is totally opposite.That's a note to the texan taste, like some readers from this century I see in here.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, men are trying to adjust to the "natural selection" curve by modifying their thoughts to posmo-women's. This is, they're zigzaging between wanting a feminine women like we've always wanted for thousands of years to this new breed of androgynous women. The result is only the conception of the same feminine-weak men and masculine-women.

Anonymous said...

Today's hipsters that think they admire Tesla will be very disappointed by this. Reading through the comments, one can see an extreme degree of cognitive dissonance.

Tesla was quite accurate in his portrayal of the downside of angry women. In fact, he did not go far enough. Western civilization is being dragged down; not by terrorists and such (though we are making things easier for them) - but by internal rot. Much of which, you will find expressed in contemporary feminism.

Anonymous said...

The "competition" Mr. Tesla describes between women and men is a MALE construct. Where I'm sure there are a few women out there that truly would take this competitive stance, the majority of women have a very different process of thinking. As the "social sex", women are more inclined to do that which is better for all involved, rather than that which would advance their individual agenda.

I think Mr. Tesla did begin to understand this in his later years, which could be what led to the retraction of his previously held views on the woman's place in society. Men have long feared the "weaker sex" for reasons that elude me. Remember the Catholic Inquisition and Salem Witch Trials?

Women tend to be more in tune with their spirituality as well, and I believe they will eventually be the ones that bridge the gap between spirituality and science; a fact that has many wealthy businessmen nervous. It is time, however, to set aside man's tendency toward financial greed and embrace women's ability to bring peace to humanity.

Anonymous said...

I must admit, I am surprised that the opted to include ONLY Mr. Tesla's older views on Eugenics, electing to completely omit the fact that those views changed over time. Now why on Earth would an organization that is highly funded by our government want to smear Mr. Tesla's name you ask? To put it simply: Because they want to incite anger in feminists. Mr. Tesla's work was revolutionary, but to have a young female pick up where he left off would go against the agenda of our current regime. It is no longer Mr. Tesla who holds the view that women belong in the's those that wish to continue inciting anger about it a century later.

Did Mr. Tesla have some rather questionable views in his younger years? You betcha. Would I have loved to have a debate with him about it? Sure would have. Do I believe eugenics is entirely wrong? Hmm, now that's tricky, given the fact that I have stated before "People should have to pass a test to have children." Is that fair? Not sure if the individuals that failed it would believe so, but the rest of society would be stronger for not having those genes in the gene pool. Some folks truly are terrible parents, and their children suffer for it. Is that fair to the kids? Whose rights should we be more concerned about? The rights of those who had no choice in who their parents were, and subsequently live a life of horror and pain as a result of being born into a home of repeated abuse and neglect? Or the rights of the parents that commit those atrocities? I bet if you really think on that for a bit, your feelings may shift.

Either way...I just wanted to say shame on the writer of this article for failing to include the ENTIRE truth. Truth based on omission is not truth, it's disinformation...something the US Govt has grown quite skilled at doing.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious. How does women becoming more independent and successful create men who lack chivalry? Is the the fault of women that the males in our civilization lack the motivation it requires to soldier on when met with an equal and not a subservient housewife? Seriously, you truly cannot blame the weakness of males on the strength of women. That's ludicrous. If they lack the ambition to be anything but a "worker bee", that choice was their own to make. Trust me, most strong women would still prefer to have capable partners that know how to do basic home repair and put together a child's bike (even those that are capable of doing it themselves). Women don't desire incompetence in their men, they want excellence. If men lack the drive to be strong, they have NO ONE to blame for it but themselves.

Mx. Phoenix said...

Tesla + Twain = <3

Anonymous said...

At the time, his views were not terribly uncommon though most did not disfigure themselves to the extreme Tesla was supposed to have.

That having been said, focusing on the negatives in his life is honestly an insult to everything we can learn from what he tried to contribute to the world.

I, personally, don't believe many of those to be his actual beliefs, however and I think the author of this article is going well out of their way to push an agenda and stamp out all the good he did for the world.

Anonymous said...

hmm. after studing everything incliuding comments, i can tell one point as this year 2014 is changed. I mean i understood at the time of Tesla, the mesculine of ego based was much more. I 100%ly can't tell only due to those few ignorant or ego men made whole world shit, but due to the way how women felt insecurity and having weak self-faith and understandings of these female and male versions. I am female but i think one have to understand clearly that female-male = femenie-musculine = feeling-reasoning = sub-conscisouness & consciousness. And Tesla was a balanced being in male physicality with female understandings and feelings equally. i respect every men, not because of their masculine qualities but by their realization of feminine or feelings inside and accepting male physical from outside. I call it balanced yin-yang in general. This is how i made myself in harmony every-time. Whenever i "feel" is always as female and when i "reason" is always as male. So a being have both qualities but while incarnating in particular we decide which should be more in active state. I am active in female state physically and without my awareness i already loved by many men by masculine (extreme yang) type people who felt more attractive sexually (due to their too much of yang which made me to feel actually as too yin mentally) lol..It made me im-balanced of my energies hence inability to decide... but same time i was equally respected by balanced males, females. They understood me spiritually, i mean through feelings. Like that,... A male loves to be respected their inner yin energy-feminine or their feelings and appreciate their outer masculine or yang or reasoning attitude and vice verse for a female candidate. Its my genuine feelings and self-reasoning being female... /|\ i am awake to one

Marbele mark said...

“This growing tendency of women to overshadow the masculine is a sign of a deteriorating civilization.” What a statement from one of the most famous never married celebrities! What would he think now?

Anonymous said...

Recognizing genius or talent falls to those with most proximity and intuition.More often then not they are mother's
Possibly Nikola Tesla knew that he would not be albe to /or want to devote that time and effort.
He also may not have seen that potential in the women he met.
His work,hisinventions are legacy enough we just need to open our eyes and see his vision for the world

Anonymous said...

tesla.. The original mgtow (men who go their own way.. and see through the bullshit of the modern woman and relationships)

kingprofile said...

I am really interested, tell me more about it.

Anonymous said...

Why do you even mention it? It doesn't matter if he was married or not. People are different and human mind/existence is so complex that speaking about what is "normal" is pointless.

Anonymous said...

TESLA`s Gigafactory Is Going To Revolutionize The Auto Industrie!!

Anonymous said...

He describes the current society we live in so perfectly.

Anonymous said...

WOmen are even more useless today than they were 100 years ago.

Their so called follow yours dreams crap has lead them into pointless irrelevant jobs.

There are men who have pointless jobs too. (athlete, news anchor)

But women are lazy and stupid and do nothing to advance civilization for the most part.

If all men stopped working tommorow, the society would collapse, because they still hold all the relevant jobs.
If women stopped working tommrow, we would still have all the basic needs to us alive from the male jobs, and life would continue.

Anonymous said...

Tesla was a brilliant man with such an inexplicable amount of knowledge. Although I do not agree with this view he had on women, one should not hold such a thing against this beautiful mind as many men in that era had exactly the same beliefs.

But I just can't help but feel a little disappointed at the idea.

Sifting through these comments it's become apparent that many believe in the same backwards thinking, which is not only sad but dispiriting to say the least.

Just by being a female, one is automatically seen as an imbecile or a slut or a just plain lesser?

Now we can't just blame the feminist for creating these 'power hungry, gold digging sluts' of today. Not only feminist, but men have shaped and moulded the way women are in today's society. But not all of woman kind wants to become this supreme bitch ruler who over shadows men. We want the choice, the chance, to prove how capable a minds we have. We want to be equals. Now, I am certainly not speaking for all of woman kind as I will admit, some of us have the quite the opposite agenda, but it's sad to think that in some eyes, if one is born a woman they are automatically the lesser, that my daughter can't be seen as an achiever because of her sex. That some men, AND woman, will discourage her for not having the 'right parts' for the job.

What I'm trying to say is that not all women are the same, not every single one of us wants this power, not every single one of us wants this stigma, not every single one of us want to take your money and leave you with nothing, just as not every single man is a womanising, misogynistic jerk.

What people need to learn is open mindedness, patience, unprejudiced. Before you judge her on her short skirt, revealing blouse and heavy make-up, first listen to what she has to say and if it sounds like shit, then well yeah, I guess it is fair assume she is in fact a slut.

Anonymous said...

Evidently, there was NO SPARK.

John Mandrake said...

He had always been a visionary. Most of his visions are already realized. I feel looking at the social structure today, this one is not too large a stretch.

Anonymous said...

Tesla was NOT gay, geesh. People always try to superimpose their own lifestyles and/or opinions on others, even though they had a much different childhood in a far away place, a long time ago.

Tesla had very "old fashioned" traditional family values from the 'old country' (Croatia). He was obsessed with his work & numerous visions. He was an extreme 'germaphobe' & had an exceptional mother as a role model.

He supposedly came very near to dying as a child but recovered after his father promised him the best education if he got better.

Tesla was friends with Henry Ford, Mark Twain, & many other prominent figures. He was antisocial to some degree because most people he did business with were not trustworthy and stole from him.

He was disappointed by mankind's inherent greed & obsession with power. He, along with Ford & others were trying to save the world & help people become more self-sufficient.

So please, educate yourselves before you continue to spit on the grave of one of the greatest inventors of all time. A person who history has tried to ignore until recently.

Anonymous said...

Tesla was gay. What's wrong with that? The only thing wrong is that he couldn't live as who he really was and had to justify why he didn't want to marry or have sexual relations with a woman.

Anonymous said...

I believe Tesla was a quiet superior Spirit.According with a high spiritual law,Top class developed Spirits,never marry or never are given as a wife or as a husband.But a quiet different thing is when we talk about feelings.Did he liked secretly men or women??.Nobody knows for sure.I remember a biographic fact about Abraham Lincoln,who many believe was gay,but covered that embarrassing situation trough a very unhappy and bitter marriage. Acording to that report,a very close Lincoln´s friend spoke out about Abraham´s irresistible and beautiful legs-(at that time,2 guys sleeping togheter in the same bed and naked was very common)-.No doubt,at his best times,Tesla was a handsome and very atracctive man.So who can prove,that while he rejected women for whatsoever reason,he never went to bed with another hot,young or atractive guy,who really pleased him??.Tesla had everything needed to take the person he really wanted,in the event he wanted him or her in a secret and absolutly horny night. He was a widely admired genious, had the talent an charisma to make people feel atracted to him,good looking man,any way,I´m sure,it shouldn´t be a difficult task for him,taking the one he really wanted to bed,becouse he was a brilliant celebrity too!!!!.

Anonymous said...

Some comments i read here are mind blowing. One of greatest minds that ever existed in modern era (if not ever) has failed to understand some your obvious jiberish. Sadly trough history of mankind nothing has changed. Ignorance, stupidity and arrogance is still prevailing. Incredible!!
Just turn around yourself and majority of devices and developments are either Tesla's invention or based on it.
Show some respect at least please.

Anonymous said...

Go find an MRA forum where your woes will be sympathized with. In reality, you probably just romanticise what you "try" or "want" to be like because you think it will make you happy instead of growing up and making different decisions. Yoda says it best: do or do not. Just quit bitching.

Anonymous said...

Trade secret, your problem with women isn't because of feminists or feminism. Your problem is you.

Kathy Irwin said...

Tesla's interest in electrical invention was spurred by his mother, Djuka Mandic, who invented small household appliances in her spare time while her son was growing up.

So, a good & very smart woman got him started.

Anonymous said...

..and if she were the modern day career minded woman that typically doesn't have the time to, or necessarily cares to nurture children like housewives did back then much of the world would still be reading by candlelight.

Anonymous said...

I dated a man who reminded me very much of Mr. Telsa. He was brilliant, I looked up to him, but he was and many years later still incapable of maintaining a personal, romantic relationship with any woman due to his marriage to science.

Hailey Pankratz said...

Nikola Tesla's changing concept of what women are reflects feelings of intimidation that have simply manifested in new ways. His disgust for women who have acquired any form of influence at all indicates clearly enough his distrust. Even a man like Tesla struggled to see things clearly where the traditions of his countrymen were concerned and in consequence, he died alone.

Anonymous said...

No, you are wrong. According this interview he is making perfect sense. Everything he has said has manifested in this day and age. Women have completely denied their feminine side, except in case of asethetics. They are aggressive, pushy which they mistake for assertiveness.

What these neo-women do not understand is when you deny your feminine you create in imbalance of energies. One is dependent on the other. Without the feminine energy, the masculine energy is unncontrolled, unrestrained, and because it is so, the energy will express itself in the most negative of ways.

This is why women think they are being assertive when they speak and when they get a negative response from a male, they are surprised. Here is the reality, you were not being assertive, you were being obnoxiously aggressive, because the number one key trait in an assertive person is the ability to soften their approach in a way that is accomodating, while retaining a sense of authority and dominance. Do you know where that softened and accomodating nature comes from?

You guessed right; the feminine energy which is most advantageous when it is under the control and mastery of the woman. But if a woman is denying these energies, she has nothing to restrain the aggression that is the pure masculine and she comes across as bossy, overcompensating and bitchy.

And do not be mistaken, men are also guilty of not employing the feminine energy, for if they were not, there would not be so many overly aggressive males out here trying to prove themselves. Actually the discussion of the imbalance of energies within the male community is a whole other topic that requires much more words.

Well, to even open a discussion about these imbalances and the implications of such requires at least two books to be understood clearly. I think I will stop here, because I will go on.

Anonymous said...

I hope he gets reincarnated as a women and understand what ambition, success and so-called-manly stuff really arw to women, or any being.
why things must be generalised as men or women? Every being grow differently!
Isn't it the individuality that should matter?
Well, I hate his prejudices.

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Anonymous said...

I think he wanted to say that woman has so many qualities, but is killing them by trying to be a man. I am not sure how do feminists think that dressing and looking like a man is pro women. Buy trying to be a man you acctualy show you hate women. I am a woman and happy to be one.

Anonymous said...

I think he was right. I wonder though, did he realize that much of the reason for women changing was brought on by men not meeting their obligations as husbands and fathers. Today, so many women of younger generations think they have to raunchy, wild, and vulgar. In many ways, worse than what men have usually been known for. My stepson is young and says he doesn't know if he'll ever meet a woman he'd want to date for that very reason.
I think Tesla would've been a wonderful husband and would've held his wife on the highest pedestal had he found one to his standards. Had he ever met the right woman, he may have never left the impact that he has.

Anonymous said...

William H. Terbo is is one of his descendants still living in 1998 and a director of a memorial society dedicated to him.

Jock Doubleday said...

I wrote a short monologue for an actress about this very subject, titled, "Superluminal."

Jock Doubleday

Anonymous said...

I'm a woman in electrical engineering and I have no issues with Tesla's words on women over the years of his life, but I take issue with those in the MGTOW movement who attempt to distort the context for their purposes such to paint Tesla as sharing their animosity towards women.

In the post WWII era, women had experienced a shift in their place in society, as a result of the absence of men caused by WWII, and had not yet found ways to reconcile their new found place with the concept of femininity, because the concept of femininity had not yet been expanded to include women acting in what had been traditionally male roles. As a result, we get the boyish flappers of the 20's, and women indeed acting in very masculine ways, concepts of masculinity and femininity were still very binary at the time. It's easy to see how Tesla could have been uneasy with this, coming from the Victorian background where women tended towards hyperfemininity.

However it's important to note that as the masculine women of the 20's tempered back into a more feminine rendition, and his views on women in traditionally masculine roles began to rise, Tesla still remained single, and did so despite and abundance of potential female suitors from all walks of life, and did so, without any known history of rejection or failed relationships in his past.

That brings us to the possibility that Tesla remained single not due to any views on women he may have espoused over the years, but for reasons he chose to keep private to himself.

Tesla is known to have suffered from a rather severe case of OCD, causing him to be a germaphobe, among other things, and as a person with OCD, I can tell you that when left untreated, the disorder can result in the most rigid of adherence to the rules the fears and repulsions generated by the disorder lays out for people. This alone would be enough to prevent an otherwise healthy man from allowing the presence of a woman into his life.

Additionally, there's evidence to suggest that in addition to OCD, Tesla may have had an autistic spectrum disorder, or a mild form of juvenile onset schizophrenia, both which often impede the formation of intimate relationships.

And last, there are considerations such as latent homosexuality, asexuality, and medical condition which make intimacy with women unfeasible.

But whatever Tesla's actual reasons for remaining a bachelor all of his life, they are his own and have been interred with him. A dead man cannot defend himself against assaults against exploitation of his name or assaults against his character, and those attempting to use Tesla as their mascot in their disdain of women do just that.

Anonymous said...

I posed the comment above and I would like to make a correction. I intended to type WWI not WWII. Just not used to tying one I.

Anonymous said...

To the person who said this

"Anonymous Anonymous said...
WOmen are even more useless today than they were 100 years ago.

Their so called follow yours dreams crap has lead them into pointless irrelevant jobs.

There are men who have pointless jobs too. (athlete, news anchor)

But women are lazy and stupid and do nothing to advance civilization for the most part.

If all men stopped working tommorow, the society would collapse, because they still hold all the relevant jobs.
If women stopped working tommrow, we would still have all the basic needs to us alive from the male jobs, and life would continue."

Perhaps a woman is useless to you, but that's fine as other people in general do not exist for your use. Have you considered your use to others?

If men were to disappear, humanity would eventually cease due to the lack of providers of sperm, however in the meantime, society would not collapse. We've seen time and time again situations where men did indeed disappear, and society continued on with women moving to fill the roles previously occupied by men. This happened to some extent both during WWI and WWII, and routinely happened in the past due to previous wars. If you want to bring tribal societies into this, men generally hunt, herd, and war, and the women, doing everything else, tend to do quite well without the men, wheres the men, never having learned much of any life skills, and not accustom to doing hard labor day and day out, tend to suffer without the women.

So perhaps the source of your negative feelings towards women stems from the fact that you actually need women and can't seem to come by one. I would not be surprised at all if this were the case, as one typically has no animosity towards those who they don't have and don't want, and abundant animosity towards those who they desperately want and don't have.

Anonymous said...

Actually tesla himself will be the downfall and extinction of human kind.

Anonymous said...

This post makes me think about what exactly I gave up for the love of my life.

Well screw (in a light bulb) Tesla, i'm going to figure out how to have both.

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Sampan Chakraborty said...

Comment by Sampan Chakraborty:

Tesla and Newton-two of the greatest geeks of all time remained lifelong bachelor.I truly appreciate the idea of Tesla that inventors don't have time for married life.

I hail from a family of inventor with my cousin Arpan Chakraborty,my uncle inventor Amit Chakraborty and another of my cousin inventor Parag Chakraborty...all of them are unmarried as well as me.

If you really want to do special things in your life,then be a lifelong bachelor.

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Anonymous said...

Not really. He also had brothers and some sisters. They could've married and the family line could go on.

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Anonymous said...

Ah Tesla you were so right! :O

Anonymous said...

I remember reading about him in class. He was a slut to investors , that's why the banks ditched him.

invenitmundo said...

A patent registered by Nikola Tesla and recently discovered shows that the great engineer was long before the era in which he lived.

Xtina said...

He was in love with his best friends' wife Kathleen Johnson

Anonymous said...

Its unfortunate that every accomplished & superior intelligence man is being labelled as gay by the proverbial nuisance mongers whose contribution to world's advancement is exactly zero.
Behind the word gay they want to hide their animal / carnal nature which Sufi's call Nafs.
As scriptures say ' Such carnal desires ruled people become cause of destruction of this world '

Urik said...

Average mortal minds trying to decipher ingenious's mind. Lol to that

Anonymous said...

I won't comment on anybody's mentality.But guys n girls out there who decided that women should stay home,do household chores n men should go out n take d whole world on his shoulders ...that he is confined to that kind of work n women confined to this kind of work only..We are humans first..Male Female comes after that.WHY can't a human do d kind of work he\she desires.Classification of work is only a PERCEPTION ! If with time it is changing for may be the better,why are we mortals even deciding what anybody else should be doin? Who are we to decide somebody else's part when " We are here to contribute only our part!"

Unknown said...

this is fake they only got 2 of the 3 right

Jock Doubleday said...

Some photos from a reading (in English) of my new play about Nikola Tesla, which took place on January 17, 2016. A translation of the play from English into Serbian was completed in May 2016. The translation is titled, "San o električnoj ženi." And in December 2016 a Croatian translation was completed. I want to premiere the play in Nikola's native language.
Jock Doubleday
Author, "I Dream the Woman Electric" / "San o električnoj ženi"

Anonymous said...

I love how men could BS themselves about women's position in the world. Women were chattel and still are in parts of the world. They were infantilized and confined to cleaning and cooking. No more than a maid and babysitter. Women don't want to compete with men, they want to accomplish something outside of child birth and cleaning. How many of you can even name Tesla's mother without a google search? Some women don't want to go quietly into that dark night without accomplishing something besides reproducing.

facts, the idiot's kryptonite said...

Amazing to see all those delusional feminists dipshits talking lies and nonsense.Women are so much better they need all sorts of help to remotely compete with men. Empowered women my ass. Feminin energy? Nurturing and creative? What a load of horseshit. There is nothing nurturing, creative or loving comming from women. Look around you idiots. Women are the opposite of that. They don't nurture, they harm. They don't create, they destroy. They don't love, they hate. They can't bring world peace since they are too busy jumping on the dicks of the few men living for war and greed. Yes, the "peaceful and loving" women are losing their (weak little) minds for this kind of men and have no problems forming harems around those guys. Remember boys, women LOVE nice guys! And no, you dumb cunts, you don't have any kind of spirituality. Women have a very "animalistic" way of living. They can't contain their instincts. Spiritual superiority? Not even once. Women are superficial. they love to have stuff. They need to buy more and more useless junk. It never ends. And
this consumerism is fueling the pollution of the planet. But honestly who give a fuck about nature and animals? the important thing is to get the latest trendy shoes that katy perry and beyonce are wearing, fuck the rest of the world! I guess it's fine, if people start to get mad just blame the (imaginary) patriarchy. So no, women are not spiritualy awakend godesses, they're just a bunch of hateful, materialistic parasites. And if you're offended, you can suck my balls. have a nice day, people!

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man Telsa was so smart its amazing how much he understand
in his time

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