Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

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Force always attracts men of low morality.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Once we accept our limits we go beyond them.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

It's not that I'm so smart it's just that I stay with problems longer.

If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth but delicious in the years of maturity.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

You never fail until you stop trying

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

If the facts don't fit the theory change the facts.

Love is a better teacher than duty.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Ego=1/Knowledge. More the knowledge lesser the ego, lesser the knowledge more the ego.

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

I want to know all Gods thoughts, all the rest are just details.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Reality is merely an illusion albeit a very persistent one.

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

When the solution is simple God is answering.

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count, everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

He who joyfully marches to music 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.

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead, his eyes are closed.

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin, what else does a man need to be happy?

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

True religion is real living, living with all one's soul with all one's goodness and righteousness.

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.

Never lose a holy curiosity.

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must above all be a sheep oneself.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

I love to travel, but hate to arrive.

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

We cannot despair of humanity since we ourselves are human beings.

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.

Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

Solitude is painful when one is young but delightful when one is more mature.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe forms my idea of God.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god, it has of course powerful muscles but no personality.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything, save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

Science without religion is lame religion without science is blind.

I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.

The environment is everything that isn't me.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

To the Master's honor all must turn each in its track without a sound forever tracing Newton's ground.

Human beings must have action, and they will make it if they cannot find it.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems in my opinion to characterize our age.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

Politics is for the present but an equation is for eternity.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple and may as a rule be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

I do not believe in immortality of the individual and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

All these primary impulses not easily described in words are the springs of man's actions.

I have just got a new theory of eternity.

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

Morality is of the highest importance - but for us not for God.

The faster you go the shorter you are.

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

As far as I'm concerned I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

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.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.

A perfection of means and confusion of aims seems to be our main problem.

The process of scientific discovery is in effect a continual flight from wonder.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.

God always takes the simplest way.

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

Information is not knowledge.

Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

God does not play dice.

In matters of truth and justice there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right, a single experiment can prove me wrong.