Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  • Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something,
    wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
  • The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service.
  • The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
  • Those instrumental goods which should serve to maintain the life and health of all human beings should be produced by the least possible labour of all.
  • The search for truth is more precious than its possession
  • Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
  • The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
  • I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

  • Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
  • With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.
  • I want to know God’s thoughts…the rest are details.
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  • Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.
  • Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
  • Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
  • The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving.
  • The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once
  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
  • Try not to be a person of success, but rather a person of virtue
  • He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt.
    He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…
    It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
  • Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
  • I never think of the future. It beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion
  • Human beings, vegetables, or comic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune intoned in the distance by an invisible player
  • Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me
  • How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn;for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
  • Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.
  • I do not believe that the Good Lord plays dice
  • When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
  • We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know
  • You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity…No we must not You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
  • Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving
  • So long as there are men there will be wars
  • Nationalism is an infantile diease, the measles of mankind
  • I believe in standardizing automobiles, not human beings
  • To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It’s futile to gaze at the world through a car window
  • I love to travel, But hate to arrive
  • Politics is more difficult than physics
  • I hate crowds and making speeches. I hate facing cameras and having to answer to a crossfire of questions. Why popular fancy should seize upon me, a scientist, dealing in abstract things and happy if left alone, is a manifestation of mass psychology that is beyond me.
  • I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.
  • When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.
  • Lasting harmony with a woman(was) an undertaking in which I twice failed rather disgracefully
  • A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
  • As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality
  • I don’t believe in mathematics.
  • Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  • Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
  • Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means
  • The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible
  • When the solution is simple, God is answering.
  • The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
  • The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
  • I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
  • Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
  • It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.
  • The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
  • The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.
  • It is not by sitting still at a grand distance and calling the human race larvae that men are to be helped
  • There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle The other is as though everything is a miracle.
  • As punishment for my contempt for authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
  • I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
  • A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
  • A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
  • We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.
  • Weakness read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
  • Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
  • On the big Bang theory: “For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained – and that’s our present universe.”
  • MacMillan has this particular quote simply as “God doesn’t play dice.” and notes that it is often quoted as doesn’t play dice with the universe”
  • Lasting harmony with a woman (was) an undertaking in which I twice failed rather disgracefully.
  • Imagination is more important than knowledge.
  • He who finds though that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear.
  • Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

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