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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God is clever, but not dishonest.

God does not play dice with the universe.
The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
The pioneers of a warless world are the young men and women who refuse military service.
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.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.
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.
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.
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.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.
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.
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 the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love
The environment is everything that isn't me.
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
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
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
It is theory that decides what can be observed.
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.
God always takes the simplest way.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
How strange is the lot of us mortals! 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.
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty... this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
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.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
To understand the world one must not be worrying about one's self.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
A theory is the more impressive the greater is the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates and the more extended the range of its applicability.
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.
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.

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