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Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.

I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.
The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
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.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced increasingly by knowledge; belief that did not itself rest on knowledge was superstition, and as such had to be opposed.
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. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large scientific method in most cases fails.
Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
Real love stories never have endings.
You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
It is our American habit if we find the foundations of our educational structure unsatisfactory to add another story or wing. We find it easier to add a new study or course or kind of school than to recognize existing conditions so as to meet the need. strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.
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 my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
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.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
Love once earned must be earned once more. True love is freely given; not gained nor bought. Make therefore every merit to deserve it, but no effort to conquer it.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
Every vice has its excuse ready.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
Vice knows that she is ugly, so she puts on her mask.

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