Quotes by Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955) was a German-American theoretical physicist of Jewish descent, born in Ulm, Germany, who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He proposed the theory of relativity and also made major contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 (his "miracle year") and "for his services to Theoretical Physics." more

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
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.
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.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
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.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
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.
One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
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.
God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
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.
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.
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.
The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
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.
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.
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.