October 18, 2016

Albert Einstein Quotes

“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

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

“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 new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.”

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

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

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

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

“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.”

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

“Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

“America is a democracy and has no Hitler, but I am afraid for her future; there are hard times ahead for the American people, troubles will be coming from within and without. America cannot smile away their Negro problem nor Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are cosmic laws.”

“An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension: Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.”

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”

“As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.”

“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.”

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

“Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.”

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

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

“Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

“Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien. Such is the stuff of which the great moral leaders are made.”

“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 fully suffice.”

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

“How do I work? I grope.”

“How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.”

“Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation.”

“I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.”

“I am a determinist. As such, I do not believe in free will. The Jews believe in free will. They believe that man shapes his own life. I reject that doctrine philosophically. In that respect I am not a Jew.”

“I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.”

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

“I am fascinated by Spinoza’s pantheism, but I admire even more his contribution to modern thought because he is the first philosopher to deal with the soul and body as one, and not two separate things.”

“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care for money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of my fellow workers.”

“I believe in one thing—that only a life lived for others is a life worth living.”

“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”

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

“I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks!”

“I do not need any promise of eternity to be happy. My eternity is now. I have only one interest: to fulfill my purpose here where I am. This purpose is not given me by my parents or my surroundings. It is induced by some unknown factors. These factors make me a part of eternity.”

“I gang my own gait and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude — a feeling which increases with the years.”

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

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

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

“I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.”

“I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one ?”

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

“I want to know how God created this world. I’m 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.”

“If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, where X is work, Y is play, and Z is keep your mouth shut.”

“If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

“If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.”

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…. I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”

“If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.”

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

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”

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

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

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

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

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

“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.”

“In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognise, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.”

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

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

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

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”

“It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service.”

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

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

“It seems hard to sneak a look at God’s cards. But that He plays dice and uses telepathic methods… is something that I cannot believe for a single moment.”

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”

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

“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

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

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

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

“Man like every other animal is by nature indolent. If nothing spurs him on, then he will hardly think, and will behave from habit like an automaton.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.”

“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

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

“Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes – goodwill among men and peace on earth.”

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

“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.”

“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.”

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

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”

“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.”

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. You cannot subjugate a nation forcibly unless you wipe out every man, woman, and child. Unless you wish to use such drastic measures, you must find a way of settling your disputes without resort to arms.”

“Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.”

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”

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

“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.”

“Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the old one. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.”

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

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

“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.”

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”

“Space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind union of the two will preserve an independent reality.”

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.”

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

“Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit… not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

“The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.”

“The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.”

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

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”

“The most important tool of the theoretical physicist is his wastebasket.”

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

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

“The pioneers of a warless world are the young men and women who refuse military service.”

“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking… the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”

“The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.”

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

“The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.”

“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.”

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

“There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.”

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

“Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.”

“Today, in twelve countries, young men are resisting conscription and refusing military service. They are the pioneers of a warless world.”

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

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

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

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

“What a betrayal of man’s dignity. He uses the highest gift, his mind, only ten percent, and his emotions and instincts ninety percent.”

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”

“When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.”

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

“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.”

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

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

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.”

“Why is it nobody understands me and everybody likes me?”

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.”

“You cannot prevent and prepare for war at the same time.”

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. The very prevention of war requires more faith, courage and resolution than are needed to prepare for war. We must all do our share, that we may be equal to the task of peace.”

“You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

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

“You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity… No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.”