Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

“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.”

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

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

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

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

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

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

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

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

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”

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

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

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

“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.”
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

“You never fail until you stop trying.”

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

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

“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”

“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.”

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”

“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.”

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

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

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.”

“God does not play dice with the universe.”

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

“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

“Nothing happens until something moves.”

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

“God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.”

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

“Time is an illusion.”

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

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

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

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

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…”

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

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”

“We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

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

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

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

“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”

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

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

“I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are mere details.”

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

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”

“God is subtle but he is not malicious.”

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

“Imagination is the highest form of research.”

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

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

“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.”

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.”

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

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”

“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.”

“The search for truth is more precious than its possession.”

“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.”

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”

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

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”

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

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

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

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”

“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He as been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.”

“Life isn’t worth living, unless it is lived for someone else.”

“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. ”

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

“I love Humanity but I hate humans”

“What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the World.”

“Past is dead
Future is uncertain;
Present is all you have,
So eat, drink and live merry.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

“I see my life in terms of music.”

“The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.”

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

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

“Information is not knowledge.”

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”

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

“We are all life trying to live, among other life trying to live.”

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”

“At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.”

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

“Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

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

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

“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”

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

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”

“Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way.”

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”

“The human spirit must prevail over technology.”

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

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”

“It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.”

“Older men start wars, but younger men fight them. ”

“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”

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

“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.”

“Always do what’s right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest”

“To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone.”

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

“The most important question a person can ask is, “Is the Universe a friendly place?”

“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.”

“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”

“There is nothing known as “Perfect”. Its only those imperfections which we choose not to see!!”

“I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.”

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

“I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind… “

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

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

“Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth”

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

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

“We sleep 1/3 of our lives away.”


“I don’t pretend to understand the universe — it’s much bigger than I am.”

“If one tries to navigate unknown waters one runs the risk of shipwreck”

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

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

“Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay.”

“What is the meaning of human life, or, for that matter, of the life of any creature? To know the answer to this question means to be religious. You ask: Does it make any sense, then, to pose this question? I answer: The man who regards his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.”

“Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children.”

“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.”

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

“It is humankind’s duty to respect all life, not only animals have feelings but even also trees and plants.”

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

“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.”

“My sense of god is my sense of wonder about the universe.”

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

“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”

“All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”

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

“Earth is the insane asylum of the universe.”

“I 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 anything you believe is evil.”

“So long as there are men, there will be wars.”

“Necessity is the mother of all invention.”

“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”

“The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion.”

“I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.”

“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”

“The religion of the future will be cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

“Morality is of the highest importance — but for us, not for God.”

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

“We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.”

“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 might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.”

“Failure is success in progress”

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

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

“The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual.”

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.”

“Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.”

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