Quote from Nikola Tesla

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“Of all things I liked books best. My father had a large library and whenever I could manage I tried to satisfy my passion for reading. He did not permit it and would fly in a rage when he caught me in the act. He hid the candles when he found that I was reading in secret. He did not want me to spoil my eyes. But I obtained tallow, made the wicking and cast the sticks into tin forms, and every night I would bush the keyhole and the cracks and read, often till dawn.”

– Nikola Tesla

Black and white portrait of Nikola Tesla with a prominent mustache, gazing to his right. He has thick hair parted on the side and wears a dark, high-collared coat. The image conveys a serious and contemplative expression.
Nikola Tesla, circa 1890

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“Quote from Nikola Tesla” sources:

Portrait of Nikola Tesla taken by Napoleon Sarony, circa 1890 when Nikola was thirty-four years old / Wikimedia Commons / My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla / Nikola Tesla Wikiquote