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Nikola Tesla (Character)
from The Prestige (2006)

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The Prestige (2006)
Nikola Tesla: Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier. What you want is simply expensive.

Nikola Tesla: Exact science, Mr Angier, is not an exact science.

Nikola Tesla: I apologize for leaving without saying goodbye, but I seem to have outstayed my welcome in Colorado. The truly extraordinary is not permitted in science and industry. Perhaps you'll find more luck in your field, where people are happy to be mystified. You will find what you are looking for in this box. Alley has written you a thorough set of instructions. I add only one suggestion on using the machine: destroy it. Drop it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Such a thing will bring you only misery.

Nikola Tesla: You're familiar with the phrase "man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie: man's grasp exceeds his nerve.

Nikola Tesla: Society tolerates only one change at a time.

Nikola Tesla: Mr. Angier, have you considered the cost of such a machine?
Robert Angier: Price is not an object.
Nikola Tesla: Perhaps not, but have you considered the *cost*?
Robert Angier: I'm not sure I follow.
Nikola Tesla: Go home. Forget this thing. I can recognize an obsession, no good will come of it.
Robert Angier: Why, haven't good come of your obsessions?
Nikola Tesla: Well, at first. But I followed them too long. I'm their slave... and one day they'll choose to destroy me.
Robert Angier: If you understand an obsession, then you know you won't change my mind.

Nikola Tesla: Don't forget your hat, Mr. Angier.

Nikola Tesla: Things don't always go as planned, Mr. Angier. That's the beauty of science.

Robert Angier: Which hat is mine?
Nikola Tesla: They are all your hat, Mr. Angier.

"Sanctuary: Sleepers (#2.10)" (2009)
Nikola Tesla: It's just my soul crushing depression talking. I am not myself.
Dr. Helen Magnus: On the contrary you are your real self again. Human. Mortal.
Nikola Tesla: Watch your language.
Dr. Helen Magnus: I'm sorry, Nicola, but its true. I've tried everything I could think of. There is simply no way to re-vamp you.
Nikola Tesla: You see how this puts a crimp in my plans for world domination. Not to say that I won't keep trying.
Dr. Helen Magnus: I would expect nothing less.
Nikola Tesla: Very well. If this is to be a wake, then lets do it properly. Join me in a toast. To happier times to those Halcyon times of blood lust now gone. Plus you got to admit vampires are just plain cool.
Dr. Helen Magnus: Amen.
Nikola Tesla: Here's to the glorious vampire race. Once mighty, now extinct.

Chad Spencer: Why wait? We're here right now.
Nikola Tesla: Oh, and you think your twenty-four years experience has prepped you for ruling the earth.
Chad Spencer: What are you saying?
Nikola Tesla: I'm saying you'll blow it. You've turned what was supposed to be a symphony into rock and roll. French-Canadian rock and roll.
Chad Spencer: You know, I was hoping you'd be a little more cooperative.
Nikola Tesla: Yeah, well, life's a bitch, and then you don't die.

Dr. Will Zimmerman: Okay, so what is that thing?
Nikola Tesla: I call it... The Devamper!
Kate Freelander: You're a genius and that's the best you could come up with?

Nikola Tesla: Nobody hijacks Nikola Tesla!

Nikola Tesla: You've turned what was supposed to be a symphony into Rock and Roll! French-Canadian rock and roll!

"Murdoch Mysteries: Power (#1.1)" (2008)
[last lines]
[Murdoch flips a switch on the wireless]
Nikola Tesla: Detective Murdoch, you are the first to receive a wireless transmission from New York.
Detective William Murdoch: I came to thank you in person-
Nikola Tesla: Do not attempt to transmit in return. The power of this unit is far too weak. While I do think this is a splendid invention, I have other ideas of much greater importance that must be explored. We are men of the future, Detective Murdoch, and what a future it shall be.
Detective William Murdoch: Yes. What a future it shall be.

Nikola Tesla: [to Murdoch] Alternating current doesn't need to bribe its way into the future. Logic and history compel it to.

"Sanctuary: Animus (#3.6)" (2010)
Nikola Tesla: Where would science be today if I constantly stopped to bathe?

Dr. Helen Magnus: Go. Fix my house.
Nikola Tesla: What am I, your house elf?
Dr. Helen Magnus: Thank you, Dobby!

"Sanctuary: End of Nights: Part 1 (#2.1)" (2009)
Nikola Tesla: Your shaggy friend is still refusing treatment, and frankly, I'm insulted.
Dr. Will Zimmerman: Oh, right, yeah, because I forgot, this is all about you.
Nikola Tesla: I have spent weeks creating a working treatment for the Lazarus Virus. I spent weeks more traveling the earth, disseminating it to the affected abnormals, effectively stemming an outbreak, and in the end, the creep in the room with the hair doesn't want to take his medicine. It's personal and we both know it is
Dr. Will Zimmerman: What do you want me to say? Henry's talking to him.
Nikola Tesla: Does your hirsute friend understand that he's facing probably the most unpleasant, slow, lingering death in all creation?
Dr. Will Zimmerman: I'm sure you made it abundantly clear.
Nikola Tesla: Also, Huggy Bear, we're out of wine.
Dr. Will Zimmerman: That's not my nickname.
Nikola Tesla: [shouting as he's leaving the room] Huggy Bear!

Henry Foss: Great, so basically, we're back at square one. That's awesome.
Nikola Tesla: Listen, the Cabal have been planning this move for decades. I've had two days, a crappy lab, and Tiny Tim for an assistant, so please cut me some slack.
Henry Foss: If you think working with you is a party, think again, Vlad!
Nikola Tesla: Good, you've finally showed up. Quit your whining and get to work.

"Sanctuary: Hollow Men (#3.10)" (2010)
John Druitt: Is that a defense satellite you've stolen?
Nikola Tesla: Weather. Better geothermal data.

"Sanctuary: For King and Country (#3.8)" (2010)
Nikola Tesla: [Looking at Adam's face] Son of a bitch!
Henry Foss: Who we got?
Nikola Tesla: Well, I guess cockroaches can come back from the dead.
Henry Foss: Who the hell is this guy?
Nikola Tesla: Not one person, but two. Prepare to meet Jekyll... And Hyde.

"Drunk History: Drunk History Vol. 6: Featuring John C. Reilly (#2.2)" (2010)
Nikola Tesla: [to Edison] I am inventing electricity, and you look like an asshole.

"Sanctuary: Vigilante (#3.9)" (2010)
Abby Corrigan: Will! Abby. Corrigan? We trained together in Quantico? Partnered in that forensic exercise... on bone fragmentation?
Dr. Will Zimmerman: A-Abby. Wow... It's been, ugh... What are you doing here?
Abby Corrigan: Do you mind if I come in?
[Turns to Tesla]
Abby Corrigan: Hey. Abby Corrigan.
Nikola Tesla: Nikola Tesla.
Abby Corrigan: Wow. Like the scientist.
Nikola Tesla: Remarkably so. Come on in.

"Sanctuary: The Five (#1.7)" (2008)
Nikola Tesla: My god, you look sexy with a gun.

"Sanctuary: Awakening (#3.16)" (2011)
Nikola Tesla: Look at her. Perfectly preserved, like an insect in amber.
Dr. Helen Magnus: They must have mastered crystal replication on an atomic level.
Nikola Tesla: Oh, don't sound so surprised. These are vampires we're talking about, after all. Every advance we've seen in our lifetimes, nothing but a pathetic attempt to recreate what my race achieved before the humans even left the caves. Just leave me here among vampire royalty, my only peers.
Dr. Helen Magnus: I have a better idea.