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War of Currents, War of Words: Who Said It—Tesla or Edison?
by Staff
Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla changed the way that we use energy. Though the two were focused on the same field, and even worked together for a time, they were also bitter rivals. See if you can match the quotes to the right inventor.

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"If he had a needle to find in a haystack he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once, with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search ... I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90 percent of his labor."

  • Tesla
  • Edison

When Marconi began experimenting with radio, this inventor noted, "Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using 17 of my patents."

  • Tesla
  • Edison

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

  • Tesla
  • Edison

“The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries.”

  • Edison
  • Tesla

“Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.”

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." 

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"When you become a full-fledged American, you will appreciate an American joke." 

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.”

  • Tesla
  • Edison

“Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night. “

  • Tesla
  • Edison

“Most certainly, some planets are not inhabited, but others are, and among these there must exist life under all conditions and phases of development.”

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"Through all the years of experimenting and research, I never once made a discovery. I start where the last man left off.… All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention pure and simple."

  • Tesla
  • Edison

"Hell! There ain't no rules around here! We are tryin' to accomplish somep'n!"

  • Tesla
  • Edison