"The present is theirs. The future for which I have really worked is mine."
I need to work. My lab. No help ... Alone. I love you pigeon.
Nikola Tesla, my rival. (But he is far superior. I need to sabatoge his work)
I have a new idea!
Nikola Tesla had a vision that allowed him to make inventions to benefit the people. Throughout his life, it is commonly mentioned that he did not work for money but instead worked to make life easier for man. In this quote it says "the present in theirs" which I believe means the public using his technology. Then it ends with "The future for which I have really worked is mine." which means that he is creating the future.
Although Nikola Tesla had an incredibly brilliant mind that allowed him to create inventions, his brain was also the source of his downfall. As he created, Tesla was unable to accept his own failures and led to his own mental instability. As he got older, he would only find peace in his lab in solitude and did not collaborate with others. This attitude and mentality gave him a negative spotlight in the public and he was then forgotten.
When Tesla worked at Edison, his boss, Thomas Edison, used his knowledge and inventions to advance his own company without paying Tesla what he deserved. Enraged Tesla left and joined Edison's rival company which led to the rise of their competitiveness. Edison knew he was inferior to Tesla's creative and imaginitive mind and resorted to sabotaging Tesla's work. One example of sabotage was when Edison would pay young kids to steal people's pets and then eletrocute them using the electricity that Tesla worked on.