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745 Inspiring Quotes by Albert Einstein

Wikipedia Summary for Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛʁt ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn]; 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Einstein is known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics. Relativity and quantum mechanics are together the two pillars of modern physics. His mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which arises from relativity theory, has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation".

His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His intellectual achievements and originality resulted in "Einstein" becoming synonymous with "genius". In 1905, a year sometimes described as his annus mirabilis ('miracle year'), Einstein published four groundbreaking papers. These outlined the theory of the photoelectric effect, explained Brownian motion, introduced special relativity, and demonstrated mass-energy equivalence.

Einstein thought that the laws of classical mechanics could no longer be reconciled with those of the electromagnetic field, which led him to develop his special theory of relativity. He then extended the theory to gravitational fields; he published a paper on general relativity in 1916, introducing his theory of gravitation. In 1917, he applied the general theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe.

He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light and the quantum theory of radiation, which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. However, for much of the later part of his career, he worked on two ultimately unsuccessful endeavors. First, despite his great contributions to quantum mechanics, he opposed what it evolved into, objecting that nature "does not play dice". Second, he attempted to devise a unified field theory by generalizing his geometric theory of gravitation to include electromagnetism. As a result, he became increasingly isolated from the mainstream of modern physics.

Einstein was born in the German Empire, but moved to Switzerland in 1895, forsaking his German citizenship (as a subject of the Kingdom of Württemberg) the following year. In 1897, at the age of 17, he enrolled in the mathematics and physics teaching diploma program at the Swiss Federal polytechnic school (later renamed as ETH Zurich) in Zürich, graduating in 1900. In 1901 he acquired Swiss citizenship, which he kept for the rest of his life, and in 1903 he secured a permanent position at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. In 1905, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Zurich. In 1914, Einstein moved to Berlin in order to join the Prussian Academy of Sciences and the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 1917, Einstein became director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics; he also became a German citizen again – Prussian this time.

In 1933, while Einstein was visiting the United States, Adolf Hitler came to power. Einstein did not return to Germany because he objected to the policies of the newly elected Nazi-led government. He settled in the United States and became an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential German nuclear weapons program and recommending that the US begin similar research. Einstein supported the Allies, but generally denounced the idea of nuclear weapons.

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Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.

--Albert Einstein

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It is the theory that decides what can be observed.

--Albert Einstein

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One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a high-sounding name.

--Albert Einstein

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The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.

--Albert Einstein

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Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty.

--Albert Einstein

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Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.

--Albert Einstein

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The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism.

--Albert Einstein

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The value of achievement lies in the achieving.

--Albert Einstein

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The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.

--Albert Einstein

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I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.

--Albert Einstein

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I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

--Albert Einstein

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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.

--Albert Einstein

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The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

--Albert Einstein

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The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.

--Albert Einstein

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God is subtle but he is not malicious.

--Albert Einstein

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Women always worry about things that men forget; men always worry about things women remember.

--Albert Einstein

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A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

--Albert Einstein

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Never memorize something that you can look up.

--Albert Einstein

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Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.

--Albert Einstein

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My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred.

--Albert Einstein

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It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.

--Albert Einstein

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I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.

--Albert Einstein

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People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

--Albert Einstein

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Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

--Albert Einstein

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Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.

--Albert Einstein

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Overpopulation in various countries has become a serious threat to the health of people and a grave obstacle to any attempt to organise peace on this planet.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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The normal objective of my thought affords no insight into the dark places of human will and feeling.

--Albert Einstein

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A world government with powers adequate to guarantee security is not a remote ideal for the distant future. It is an urgent necessity if our civilization is to survive.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Growth comes through analogy; through seeing how things connect, rather than only seeing how they might be different.

--Albert Einstein

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Everything what's inspiring has been created by one who could work in freedom.

--Albert Einstein

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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.

--Albert Einstein

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As to science, we may well define it for our purpose as "methodical thinking directed toward finding regulative connections between our sensual experiences."

--Albert Einstein

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What lead me more or less directly to the special theory of relativity was the conviction that the electromotive force acting on a body in motion in a magnetic field was nothing else but an electric field.

--Albert Einstein

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The dog is very smart. He feels sorry for me because I receive so much mail; that's why he tries to bite the mailman.

--Albert Einstein

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Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.

--Albert Einstein

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There is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best energies to the service of the good cause.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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If I were not a Jew I would be a Quaker.

--Albert Einstein

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Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

--Albert Einstein

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The idea of a Being who interferes with the sequence of events in the world is absolutely impossible.

--Albert Einstein

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Learn from Yesterday, live for Today, hope for Tomorrow.

--Albert Einstein

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Experience is knowledge. All the rest is information.

--Albert Einstein

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How can any educated person stay away from the Greeks? I have always been far more interested in them than in science.

--Albert Einstein

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If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.

--Albert Einstein

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Don't be too hard on me. Everyone has to sacrifice at the altar of stupidity from time to time.

--Albert Einstein

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Qualities I sought in a scientific theory were naturalness, inner perfection and logical simplicity from an aesthetic approach.

--Albert Einstein

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At present every coachman and every waiter argues about whether or not the relativity theory is correct.

--Albert Einstein

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Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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My sailing system set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, loll back, let boat drift.

--Albert Einstein

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My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' 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 a sense of distance and a need for solitude.


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Show me a satisfied man, and I'll show you a failure.

--Albert Einstein

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Curiosity is a delicate little plant that, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.

--Albert Einstein

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For an idea which, at first, does not seem absurd, there is no hope.

--Albert Einstein

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Please explain the problem to me slowly, as I do not understand things quickly.

--Albert Einstein

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In the past it never occurred to me that every casual remark of mine would be snatched up and recorded. Otherwise I would have crept further into my shell.

--Albert Einstein

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Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.

--Albert Einstein

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A true genius admits that he or she knows nothing.

--Albert Einstein

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Mankind must give up war in the Atomic Era. What is at stake is the life or death of humanity.

--Albert Einstein

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God has given me a mule-like stubbornness to stick with a difficult problem and the intuitive powers to conceptualize complex hypothetical situations in my mind.

--Albert Einstein

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It is not by sitting still at a grand distance and calling the human race larvae that men are to be helped.

--Albert Einstein

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Hell! there ain't no rules around here! We are tryin' to accomplish somep'n!

--Albert Einstein

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If I could do it all again, I'd be a plumber.

--Albert Einstein

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The value of a man resides in what he gives.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.


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Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

--Albert Einstein

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The important things are always simple.

--Albert Einstein

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The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.

--Albert Einstein

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Mathematics are well and good but Nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.

--Albert Einstein

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When the Special Theory of Relativity began to germinate in me, I was visited by all sorts of nervous conflicts... I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

--Albert Einstein

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What the individual can do is to give a fine example, and to have the courage to uphold ethical values .. in a society of cynics.

--Albert Einstein

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In the shadow of the atomic bomb it has become even more apparent that all men are, indeed, brothers.

--Albert Einstein

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The more a country makes military weapons, the more insecure it becomes: if you have weapons, you become a target for attack.

--Albert Einstein

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A model should be as simple as it can be but no simpler.

--Albert Einstein

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Artificial intellegance is no match for natural stupidity.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Mystery is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

--Albert Einstein

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Formerly, people thought that if matter disappeared from the universe, space and time would remain. Relativity declares that space and time would disappear with matter.

--Albert Einstein

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Men should continue to fight, but they should fight for things worth while, not for imaginary geographical lines, racial prejudices and private greed draped in the color's of patriotism.

--Albert Einstein

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Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. Intuition tells man his purpose in this life.

--Albert Einstein

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No one but a theorist believes his theory; everyone puts faith in a laboratory result but the experimenter himself.

--Albert Einstein

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It is only to the individual that a soul is given.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

It is only to the individual that a soul is given. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way.


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Live with purpose. Don't let people or things around you get you down.

--Albert Einstein

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Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience.

--Albert Einstein

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I cannot write in English, because of the treacherous spelling. When I am reading, I only hear it and am unable to remember what the written word looks like.

--Albert Einstein

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Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.

--Albert Einstein

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I believe we are here to do good. It is the responsibility of every human being to aspire to do something worthwhile, to make the world a better place than the one we found.

--Albert Einstein

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Imagination is the most powerful force in the universe.

--Albert Einstein

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A desk, some pads, a pencil, and a large basket -- to hold all of mu mistakes.

--Albert Einstein

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Failure is success in progress.

--Albert Einstein

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It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Don't dream of being a good person, be a human being is valuable and gives value to life.

--Albert Einstein

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The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

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To invent something, all you need is imagination and a big pile of junk.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.

--Albert Einstein

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I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.

--Albert Einstein

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God Almighty does not throw dice.

--Albert Einstein

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Cosmic religiousness is the strongest and most noble driving force of scientific research.

--Albert Einstein

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I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

--Albert Einstein

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Knowledge is limited.

--Albert Einstein

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Newton did not know what happened to the apple, and I can prove this when the next eclipse comes.

--Albert Einstein

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Everyone has two choices. We're either full of love... or full of fear.

--Albert Einstein

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Curiosity is more important than knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

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The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.

--Albert Einstein

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Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.

--Albert Einstein

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Non-comprehenders are often distressed. Not you, though-because with good humor you're blessed. After all, your thoughts went like this, I dare say: It was none but the Lord who made us that way.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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It is a precarious undertaking to say anything reliable about aims and intentions.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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What I value in life is quality rather then quantity.

--Albert Einstein

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The moon does not simply disappear when we are not looking at it.

--Albert Einstein

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The true measure of a man is the degree to which he has managed to subjugate his ego.

--Albert Einstein

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The harmony of natural law reveals an Intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.

--Albert Einstein

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My comprehension of God comes from a deeply felt conviction of a superior intelligence that reveals itself in the knowable world.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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Science not only purifies the religious impulse of the dross of its anthropomorphism but also contributes to a religious spiritualization of our understanding of life.

--Albert Einstein

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Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense-experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.

--Albert Einstein

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I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.

--Albert Einstein

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Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.

--Albert Einstein

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Why should i remember anything if i can just look it up?

--Albert Einstein

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Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi‘s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time.

--Albert Einstein

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There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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The leaves and the light are one.

--Albert Einstein

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Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.

--Albert Einstein

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As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly significant.

--Albert Einstein

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The thinking it took to get us into this mess is not the same thinking that is going to get us out of it.

--Albert Einstein

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When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.

--Albert Einstein

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One must divide one's time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me, because politics is for the present, while our equations are for eternity.

--Albert Einstein

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When I was still a rather precocious young man, I already realized most vividly the futility of the hopes and aspirations that most men pursue throughout their lives.

--Albert Einstein

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What is this frog and mouse battle among the mathematicians?

--Albert Einstein

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Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.

--Albert Einstein

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The daily struggle does not arise from a purpose or a program, but from an immediate need.

--Albert Einstein

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E=mc2

--Albert Einstein

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It is best, it seems to me, to separate one's inner striving from one's trade as far as possible. It is not good when one's daily break is tied to God's special blessing.

--Albert Einstein

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It is an outcome of faith that nature-as she is perceptible to our five senses-takes the character of such a well formulated puzzle.

--Albert Einstein


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With all my heart I believe that the world's present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war and inhumanity, and that only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.

--Albert Einstein

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Scientific greatness is less a matter of intelligence than character; if the scientist refuses to compromise or accept incomplete answers and persists in grappling the most basic and difficult questions.

--Albert Einstein

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All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

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The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.

--Albert Einstein

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The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

--Albert Einstein

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Once you stop learning, you start dying.

--Albert Einstein

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As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.

--Albert Einstein

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The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our thinking. Thus, we are drifting toward catastrophe beyond conception. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

--Albert Einstein

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Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self criticism.

--Albert Einstein

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At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on.

--Albert Einstein

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One lives one's life under constant tension, until it's time to go for good.

--Albert Einstein

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The search for truth is more precious than its possession.

--Albert Einstein

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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 suffice.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


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No idea is conceived in our mind independent of our five senses i.e., no idea is divinely inspired.

--Albert Einstein

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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.

--Albert Einstein

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On the other hand, the concept owes its meaning and its justification exclusively to the totality of the sense impressions which we associate with it.

--Albert Einstein

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One must console oneself with the thought that time has a sieve through which most of these important things run into the ocean of oblivion and what remains after this selection is often still trite and bad.

--Albert Einstein

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It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the State.

--Albert Einstein

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I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.

--Albert Einstein

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Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.

--Albert Einstein

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Never lose a holy curiosity.

--Albert Einstein

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Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

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It's very depressing to live in a time where it's easier to break an atom than a prejudice.

--Albert Einstein

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The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.

--Albert Einstein

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Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.

--Albert Einstein

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Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

--Albert Einstein

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Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.

--Albert Einstein

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Kada sedite sat vremena kraj lepe devojke, to prodje kao minut. Sedite minut na vrelu pec i to ce trajati kao sat. To se zove relativitet.

--Albert Einstein

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The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.

--Albert Einstein

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If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

--Albert Einstein

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Political leaders or governments owe their position partly to force and partly to popular election. They cannot be regarded as representative of best elements, morally or intellectually, in their respective nations.

--Albert Einstein

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Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.


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I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know God's thoughts, the rest are details.

--Albert Einstein

man playing soccer during daytime

When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth.

--Albert Einstein

bird in the sky

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

--Albert Einstein

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

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

--Albert Einstein

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

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

--Albert Einstein

blue sky

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

--Albert Einstein

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.

--Albert Einstein

person standing on top of mountain

The greatest knowledge a person can possess is the address of the local library.

--Albert Einstein

forest trees photograph

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

--Albert Einstein

sunset with rainbow

Order is needed by the ignorant but it takes a genius to master chaos.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflower

From a certain temperature on, the molecules 'condense' without attractive forces; that is, they accumulate at zero velocity. The theory is pretty, but is there some truth in it.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.

--Albert Einstein

blue wall

Only in mathematics and physics was I, through self-study, far beyond the school curriculum, and also with regard to philosophy as it was taught in the school curriculum.

--Albert Einstein

person holding white book

Creativity is one of those hypnotic words which are prone to cast a spell upon our understanding and dissolve our thinking into haze.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

--Albert Einstein

green trees under white clouds

You cannot solve current problems with current thinking. Current problems are the result of current thinking.

--Albert Einstein

photography of white sky at golden hour

Let me tell you what I look like: pale face, long hair, and a tiny start of a paunch. In addition, an awkward gait, and a cigar in the mouth and a pen in pocket or hand.

--Albert Einstein

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.

--Albert Einstein

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.

--Albert Einstein

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Albert Einstein

yellow and black striped background

Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.

--Albert Einstein

time lapse photography of fire

Persistence is the most powerful force on earth, it can move mountains.

--Albert Einstein

person holding hands

You accept the historical Jesus?

--Albert Einstein

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

We are here for the sake of others.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character.

--Albert Einstein

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

Some men spend a lifetime in an attempt to comprehend the complexities of women. Others pre-occupy themselves with somewhat simpler tasks, such as understanding the theory of relativity!

--Albert Einstein

blue flower in close up photography

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

--Albert Einstein

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

If you have never failed, you have never tried anything new.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflower on white wall

One who scorns the power of intuition will never rise above the ranks of journeyman calculator.

--Albert Einstein

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There is an atmosphere of well-sounding oratory that likes to attach itself to dress clothes. Away with it!

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days.

--Albert Einstein

rocks near shore during nighttime

The legs are the wheels of creativity.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

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

--Albert Einstein

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

All conditions and all circumstances in our lives are a result of a certain level of thinking. If we want to change the conditions and circumstances, we have to change the level of thinking that is responsible for it.

--Albert Einstein

man jumping on hill during golden hour

I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.

--Albert Einstein

blue and white abstract painting

The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.

--Albert Einstein

plain background

For scientific endeavor is a natural whole the parts of which mutually support one another in a way which, to be sure, no one can anticipate.

--Albert Einstein

smiling woman

Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.

--Albert Einstein

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one's own efforts.

--Albert Einstein

red textile in close up photography

I have only two rules which I regard as principles of conduct. The first is: Have no rules. The second is: Be independent of the opinion of others.

--Albert Einstein

None

I have to apologize to you that I am still among the living. There will be a remedy for this, however.

--Albert Einstein

blue painted wall with white paint

So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.

--Albert Einstein

purple textile in close up photography

Long hair minimizes the need for barbers; socks can be done without; one leather jacket solves the coat problem for many years; suspenders are superfluous.

--Albert Einstein

white wooden dock on white sand

When I have one week to solve a seemingly impossible problem, I spend six days defining the problem. Then, the solution becomes obvious.

--Albert Einstein

sliced lemon on pink surface

Everyday is an oportunity to make a new happy ending.

--Albert Einstein

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Hmm, yes. Pig physics.

--Albert Einstein


pink flower with green stem

True knowledge comes with deep understanding of a topic and its inner workings.

--Albert Einstein

blue and white water waves

My feeling is religious insofar as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand more deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as "laws of nature."

--Albert Einstein

close up photo of tree

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

--Albert Einstein

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

--Albert Einstein

dew drops on glass panel

Humiliation and mental oppression by ignorant and selfish teachers wreak havoc in the youthful mind that can never be undone and often exert a baleful influence in later life.

--Albert Einstein

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Earnestly I must exert myself in order to return as much as I have received.

--Albert Einstein

snow covered brown mountain

It is impossible to get anywhere without sinning against reason.

--Albert Einstein

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

The concept of marriage must have been thought up by an unimaginative pig.

--Albert Einstein

sunset with storm clouds

Epistemology without contact with science becomes an empty scheme. Science without epistemology is-insofar as it is thinkable at all-primitive and muddled.

--Albert Einstein

brown wooden surface

In conclusion I wish to say that in working at the problem here dealt with I have had the loyal assistance of my friend and colleague M. Besso, and that I am indebted to him for several valuable suggestions.

--Albert Einstein

red yellow and blue paint

Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.

--Albert Einstein

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Temo il giorno in cui la tecnologia andrà oltre la nostra umanità: il mondo sarà popolato allora da una generazione di idioti.

--Albert Einstein

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.


white and blue ice in water

Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.

--Albert Einstein

forest near mountain alps

Each possession I own is but a stone around my neck.

--Albert Einstein

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

Even if you have to go through hell -- go without hesitation.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

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

--Albert Einstein

red rose in bloom during daytime

One definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

--Albert Einstein

empty pathway

Experience alone can decide on truth.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of grass under moonlight

The last thing to collapse is the surface.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

I have reached an age where if someone tells me to wear socks, I dont have to.

--Albert Einstein

bird in the sky

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

--Albert Einstein


sunset over hill

Happiness, as a pursuit, is suitable only for pigs.

--Albert Einstein

brown and white dog in close-up photography

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

--Albert Einstein

leafless tree under gray sky

My only refuge, as a serious young man, from the despair of my financial burden to my family, is that I did everything I could to never permit myself any amusements or diversions except those afforded by my studies.

--Albert Einstein

blue and white abstract painting

Although words exist for the most part for the transmission of ideas, there are some which produce such violent disturbance in our feelings that the role they play in the transmission of ideas is lost in the background.

--Albert Einstein

yellow green leaf

The wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.

--Albert Einstein

orange lily in bloom close up photo

I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am obligated to feed on it regularly.

--Albert Einstein

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

I know that philosophically a murderer is not responsible for his crime, but I prefer not to take tea with him.

--Albert Einstein

houses and trees during nighttime

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

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

If I had it life to do all over again, I'd have been a plumber.

--Albert Einstein

person walking on snowfield

The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.


time lapse photography of lightning during storm

To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.

--Albert Einstein

white and blue sky during daytime

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.

--Albert Einstein

gray hummingbird

If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.

--Albert Einstein

red strawberry fruit on red surface

I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of off-road car

There are two things that are infinite, the universe and man's stupidity and I am not sure about the universe.

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of forest

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

--Albert Einstein

solid background

What is significant in one's own existence one is hardly aware, and it certainly should not bother the other fellow. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of elephant

The level of intelligence are 'Smart, Intelligent, Brilliant, Genius, Simple.'

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.

--Albert Einstein

yellow and black striped background

There are actually two approaches to reside your daily life. One is as if absolutely nothing is really a miracle. The other is as if every little thing is a wonder.

--Albert Einstein

pink and red flowers

It is my inner conviction that the development of science seeks in the main to satisfy the longing for pure knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Hope that justice will be done to those brave men who stood up for their convictions.

--Albert Einstein

Light blue to purple gradient

The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil from the spirit of man.

--Albert Einstein

crescent moon above mountain

My intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.

--Albert Einstein

time lapse photography body of water

Don't second guess the mistakes you've made, others will do that for you. Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.

--Albert Einstein

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

The next world war will be fought with stones.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

Physics is essentially an intuitive and concrete science. Mathematics is only a means for expressing the laws that govern phenomena.

--Albert Einstein

raindrops on clear window

Anonymity is no excuse for stupidity.

--Albert Einstein

orange flowers

I get the most joy in life out of music.

--Albert Einstein

two person standing while watching sky

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.

--Albert Einstein

Painting of Stonehenge

I believe serious progress (in the abolition of war) can be achieved only when men become organized on an international scale and refuse, as a body, to enter military or war service.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

Nothing causes more consternation in a group of hypocrits than one honest man.

--Albert Einstein

wallpaper

Your fervent wishes can only find fulfillment if you succeed in attaining love and understanding of men, and animals, and plants, and stars, so that every joy becomes your joy and every pain your pain.

--Albert Einstein

mountains under white clouds at daytime

God always takes the simplest way.

--Albert Einstein

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To be sure, it is not the fruits of scientific research that elevate a man and enrich his nature, but the urge to understand, the intellectual work, creative or receptive.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

The framing of a problem is often far more essential than its solution.

--Albert Einstein

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Non-cooperation in military matters should be an essential moral principle for all true scientists.

--Albert Einstein

pink and orange paints

The State idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed. It is connected with narrow-minded and economic obstacles. I believe it is bad. I have always been against it.

--Albert Einstein

closed white painted door with exit signage

The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.

--Albert Einstein

brown wooden board

Even if only 2 percent of those assigned to perform military service should announce their refusal to fight, governments would be powerless, they would not dare send such a large number of people to jail.

--Albert Einstein

white and blue ice in water

I didn't arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.

--Albert Einstein

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

If I can't picture it, I can't understand it.

--Albert Einstein

sand

Even though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies.

--Albert Einstein

three books on surface

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things.

--Albert Einstein

white wooden door

America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice.

--Albert Einstein

pink tulips in clear glass vase

I have no extraordinary ability. I'm simply an inquisitive individual.

--Albert Einstein

brown mountains under blue sky

I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success.

--Albert Einstein

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.

--Albert Einstein

green trees under white sky during daytime

The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.

--Albert Einstein

women's black and pink monokini

About Newton: Nature to him was an open book, whose letters he could read without effort.

--Albert Einstein

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

The golden proportion is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult to produce and the good easy.

--Albert Einstein

blue sky with white clouds

Beyond the realms of what we see, into the regions or the unexplored limited only by our imaginations.

--Albert Einstein

white flowers

Man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of elephant

There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks.

--Albert Einstein

green grass field

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.

--Albert Einstein

body of water

The wing structure of the hornet, in relation to its weight, is not suitable for flight, but he does not know this and flies anyway.

--Albert Einstein

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

--Albert Einstein

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

Don't become a seeker of success. Become a person of value.

--Albert Einstein

body of water during sunset

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws.

--Albert Einstein

plain background

That's passive-aggressively meant for a specific person but I don't have the balls to actually tell them or anyone else how I feel to their face.

--Albert Einstein

woman standing on forest

Only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.

--Albert Einstein

mountains covered with fog

The same thinking that has led you to where you are is not going to lead you to where you want to go.

--Albert Einstein

black wooden louver door window

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust.

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

For us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.

--Albert Einstein

green

I simply imagine it so, then go about to prove it.

--Albert Einstein

white and pink roses on pink wall

Only if every individual strives for truth can humanity attain a happier future; the atavisms in each of us that stand in the way of a friendlier destiny can only thus be rendered ineffective.

--Albert Einstein

solid background

If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

--Albert Einstein

black textile in close up photography

We must begin to inculcate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism. Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal it's horror. I would teach peace rather than war.

--Albert Einstein

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Full well do I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person should do the thinking and commanding.

--Albert Einstein

purple

If I had my life to live over again, I would elect to be a trader of goods rather than a student of science. I think barter is a noble thing.

--Albert Einstein

woman jumping near white wall paint

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.

--Albert Einstein

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

So would a Being, endowed with higher insight and more perfect intelligence, watching man and his doings, smile about man's illusion that he was acting according to his own free will.

--Albert Einstein

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.

--Albert Einstein

body of water during sunset

It is open to every man to choose the direction of his striving; and also every man may draw comfort from Lessing's fine saying, that the search for truth is more precious than its possession.

--Albert Einstein

water on seashore

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.

--Albert Einstein

fireplace on fire

The environment is everything that isn't me.

--Albert Einstein

two women walking on bridge during daytime

Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech.

--Albert Einstein

grassland landscape

Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds.

--Albert Einstein

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

The flag is a symbol of the fact that man is still a herd animal.

--Albert Einstein

road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

The more I study science, the more I believe in God.

--Albert Einstein

brown chopped logs

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

--Albert Einstein

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Opinions about obviousness are to a certain extent a function of time.

--Albert Einstein


man in Burton shirt facing ocean

Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source.

--Albert Einstein


white shore under sunny sky

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

--Albert Einstein

three people standing inside Big Ben building

Creative energy is more critical than learning.

--Albert Einstein

sunset woman at beach

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character; it becomes lack of power to act with courage proportionate to danger. All this must lead to the destruction of our intellectual life unless the danger summons up strong personalities able to fill the lukewarm and discouraged with new strength and resolution.


cloudy sky

As the area of light expands, so does the perimeter of darkness.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

Do things sound better in your head before you say them, or do you even run them through there first?

--Albert Einstein

pink rose in close up photography

The right to search for truth implies also a duty.

--Albert Einstein

green bird perching on stem

The faster you go, the shorter you are.

--Albert Einstein

flying blue and green hummingbird

Stand still. The trees ahead and bush beside you are not lost.

--Albert Einstein

brown wooden board

Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.

--Albert Einstein

laughing woman photo

Those who staying with the wrong reward,(eg. stay in comfort zone, etc.), long enough will get problem.

--Albert Einstein

nebulas

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.

--Albert Einstein

bonfire in forest

If people would only talk about what they understood, Earth would be a very quiet place.

--Albert Einstein

white tulip flower in close up photography

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

--Albert Einstein

yellow and purple flower with white background

It is quite possible that we can do greater things than Jesus, for what is written in the Bible about him is poetically embellished.

--Albert Einstein

Arizona landscape

Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate.

--Albert Einstein

yellow flower

Love is a better master than duty.

--Albert Einstein

person in black and white mask

Thinking is to man what flying is to birds. Don't follow the example of a chicken when you could be a lark.

--Albert Einstein

solid background

It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations.

--Albert Einstein

white flowers

The truth of a theory can never be proven, for one never knows if future experience will contradict its conclusions.

--Albert Einstein

pink umbrella

If quantum theory is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science.

--Albert Einstein

forest trees photograph

Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The future is not a gift, it is an achievement.

--Albert Einstein

sunset with rainbow

Only strong characters can resist the temptation of superficial analysis.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

Human beings, in their thinking, feeling and acting are not free agents but are as causally bound as the stars in their motion.

--Albert Einstein

solid color

A man's value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.

--Albert Einstein

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets.

--Albert Einstein

boy and cat in front of moon

Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.

--Albert Einstein

green trees on body of water during daytime

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

--Albert Einstein

car passing by in between trees

Truth is what stands the test of experience.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

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

--Albert Einstein

bird on pier

Music has no effect on research work, but both are born of the same source and complement each other through the satisfaction they bestow.

--Albert Einstein

pink flower

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

--Albert Einstein

empty pathway

Learn from yesterday, live for today.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.


purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

I must seem like an ostrich who forever burries its head in the relativistic sands in order not to face the evil quanta.

--Albert Einstein

red and blue light digital wallpaper

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of off-road car

The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of evil.

--Albert Einstein

coconut tree near body of water

Now to the term 'relativity theory.' I admit that it is unfortunate, and has given occasion to philosophical misunderstandings.

--Albert Einstein

brown wallpaper

The aim (of education) must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.

--Albert Einstein

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats.

--Albert Einstein

man playing soccer during daytime

On quantum theory I use up more brain grease (rough translation of German idiom) than on relativity.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

What I'm really interested in is whether God could have made the world in a different way; that is, whether the necessity of logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.

--Albert Einstein

mountains under white mist at daytime

We Jews have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity.

--Albert Einstein

beach during daytime

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.

--Albert Einstein

pink and blue painted wall

Innovation is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of teaching have not yet entirely strangled that sacred spirit of curiosity and inquiry, for this delicate plant needs freedom no less than stimulation.

--Albert Einstein

yellow flower

Smoke like a chimney, work like a horse, eat without thinking, go for a walk only in really pleasant company.

--Albert Einstein

yellow green leaf

How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.

--Albert Einstein

pink dahlia in bloom

Racism is a disease of white people.

--Albert Einstein

black textile in close up photography

Man, surrounded by facts, permitting himself no surprise, no intuitive flash, no great hypothesis, no risk, is in a locked cell. Ignorance cannot seal the mind and imagination more securely.

--Albert Einstein

blue wooden door opened

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

--Albert Einstein

sunset forest

Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it.

--Albert Einstein

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Only six men in the world know about relativity. I am not one of them. When I ask them to explain, they confused me.

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Time is not at all what it seems. It does not flow in only one direction, and the future exists simultaneously with the past.

--Albert Einstein

pink and yellow flower painting

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.

--Albert Einstein

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

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

--Albert Einstein

pink and white abstract painting

A society's competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.

--Albert Einstein

purple and green light digital wallpaper

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 and gaining new and wider views.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


pink flower with green stem

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

--Albert Einstein

yellow tulip flowers

It is really a puzzle what drives one to take one's work so devilishly seriously.

--Albert Einstein

pink flower petals in macro photography

The series of integers is obviously an invention of the human mind, a self-created tool which simplifies the ordering of certain sensory experiences.

--Albert Einstein

woman standing on beachfront

You are right in speaking of the moral foundations of science, but you cannot turn around and speak of the scientific foundations of morality.

--Albert Einstein

palm tree under orange sky

Belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.

--Albert Einstein

pink and green flower painting

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

--Albert Einstein

pair of white lace-up shoes

I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Unlimited competition leads to a huge waste of labor, and to that crippling of the social consciousness of individuals.

--Albert Einstein

black and white photo of woman looking upward

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.

--Albert Einstein

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

Time is an illusion.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.


white and blue ice in water

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

--Albert Einstein

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

Most people go on living their everyday life: half-frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragic-comedy that is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world.

--Albert Einstein

island during daytime

It may affront the military-minded person to suggest a regime that does not maintain any military secrets.

--Albert Einstein

rocks on sea side at daytime

Compounding is the 8th wonder of the world.

--Albert Einstein

red and pink flowers

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

--Albert Einstein

smiling woman

Joy and amazement of the beauty and grandeur of this world of which man can just form a faint notion.

--Albert Einstein

beach during daytime

Except in mathematics, the shortest distance between point A and point B is seldom a straight line. I don't believe in mathematics.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of raindrops

Strenuous intellectual work and the study of God's Nature are the angels that will lead me through all the troubles of this life with consolation, strength, and uncompromising rigor.

--Albert Einstein

sunset grasslands

The world is so full of possibilities that dogmatism is simply indecent.

--Albert Einstein

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

The special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell's equations of the electromagnetic field.

--Albert Einstein

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

The true definition of madness is repeating the same action, over and over, hoping for a different result.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.

--Albert Einstein

leafless tree

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.

--Albert Einstein

person wearing brown and white watch

Incompetence is the true crisis.

--Albert Einstein

brown pathway between green plants

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

--Albert Einstein

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

The most powerful force in the world is compound interest.

--Albert Einstein

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.

--Albert Einstein

coconut tree near body of water

The idea of achieving security through national armament is, at the present state of military technique, a disastrous illusion.

--Albert Einstein

white oriental lily flower

One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.

--Albert Einstein

white oriental lily flower

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

--Albert Einstein


green-leafed plant

There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and nuclear power: the will.

--Albert Einstein

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate.

--Albert Einstein

red flowers under the blue sky

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

--Albert Einstein

multicolored heart LED light on wall

The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.

--Albert Einstein

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.

--Albert Einstein

brown mountain under starry sky

When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me. And now see what has become of me.

--Albert Einstein

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

--Albert Einstein

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

The individual who has experienced solitude will not easily become a victim of mass suggestion.

--Albert Einstein

brown humming bird flying in mid air

The pursuit of knowledge is more valuable than its possession.

--Albert Einstein


body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Albert Einstein

multicolored abstract painting

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.


brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

--Albert Einstein

rock mountain during starry night

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

--Albert Einstein

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.

--Albert Einstein

purple flower

If I would follow your advice and Jesus could perceive it, he, as a Jewish teacher, surely would not approve of such behavior.

--Albert Einstein

black and white abstract illustration

Compound interest on debt was the banker's greatest invention, to capture, and enslave, a productive society.

--Albert Einstein

cluster of stars in the sky

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

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photo of pug on floor

The only mistake in life is the lesson not learned.

--Albert Einstein

white wall paint beside white wall

No, this trick won't work... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?

--Albert Einstein

black and white abstract illustration

Behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.

--Albert Einstein

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

Common sense invents and constructs no less than its own field than science does in its domain. It is, however, in the nature of common sense not to be aware of this situation.

--Albert Einstein

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

The most precious things in life are not those you get for money.

--Albert Einstein

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Man owes his strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a social animal.

--Albert Einstein

sunflower field under white sky during daytime

Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.

--Albert Einstein

brown butterfly perched on flower

Genius is when an idea and the execution of that idea are simultaneous.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

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

--Albert Einstein

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

The state was made for man, not man for state.

--Albert Einstein

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.

--Albert Einstein

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force.

--Albert Einstein

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

If the workers of this world, men and women, decide not to manufacture and transport ammunition, it would end war for all time. We must do that. Dedicate our lives to drying up the source of war; ammunition factories.

--Albert Einstein

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?

--Albert Einstein

dew drops on glass panel

The music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it -- that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of man

Conscious man, to be sure, has at all times been keenly aware that life is an adventure, that life must, forever, be wrested from death.

--Albert Einstein

black mountain under blue sky during night time

I am an absolute pacifist...It is an instinctive feeling. It is a feeling that possesses me, because the murder of men is disgusting.

--Albert Einstein

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

It is a strange thing to be so widely known, and yet to be so lonely.

--Albert Einstein

two women walking on bridge during daytime

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


two clown fishes underwater

Israel is the only place on earth where Jews have the possibility to shape public life according to their own traditional ideals.

--Albert Einstein

four handheld gardening tools on rack

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

--Albert Einstein

landscape photography of mountain

Gravity is a response to geometry.

--Albert Einstein

multicolored heart LED light on wall

The chicken did not cross the road. The road passed beneath the chicken.

--Albert Einstein

calm ocean

Albert is a very poor student. He is mentally slow, unsociable and is always daydreaming. He is spoiling it for the rest of the class. It would be in the best interests of all if he were removed from school immediately.

--Albert Einstein

red rose illustration

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.

--Albert Einstein

man holding brown violin

As I have said so many times, God doesn't play dice with the world.

--Albert Einstein

grassland landscape

Creativity is the residue of time wasted.

--Albert Einstein

blue rose

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

--Albert Einstein

selective photography of dried leaf

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

--Albert Einstein

black pug puppy on green textile

Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility.

--Albert Einstein

black wooden door near green plant

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


pot on window with flowers

But then, after all, we are all alike, for we are all derived from the monkey.

--Albert Einstein

Milky way in nature photography

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

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.


black wooden door near green plant

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

--Albert Einstein

brown tree branch during daytime

I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field.

--Albert Einstein

person holding gray leaf

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

--Albert Einstein

Arizona landscape rain

This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher"(when asked about completing his income tax form).

--Albert Einstein

three person looking stars and milky way

The really valuable method of thought to arrive at a logically coherent system is intuition.

--Albert Einstein

white wooden hut during daytime

You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.

--Albert Einstein

wide lake over sunset view

We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.

--Albert Einstein

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Humankind's desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government.

--Albert Einstein

pink flower with green stem

As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.

--Albert Einstein

lights pattern swirls

The trouble with the younger generation is that they don't stay young for very long.

--Albert Einstein

ocean wave in shallow focus lens

We must learn the difficult lesson that the future of Mankind will only be tolerable when our course, in world affairs as in others, is based upon justice and law rather than the threat of naked power.

--Albert Einstein

white and black boat on sea during daytime

Where there is love, there is no imposition.

--Albert Einstein

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

--Albert Einstein

tan wallpaper

We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil.

--Albert Einstein

pink and white light illustration

Human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.

--Albert Einstein

red wine digital wallpaper

The conscientious objector is a revoultionary. On deciding to disobey the law he sacrifices his personal interests to the most important cause of working for the betterment of society.

--Albert Einstein

woman standing on forest

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.

--Albert Einstein

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

I have come to know the mutability of all human relationships and have learned to insulate myself against both heat and cold so that a temperature balance is fairly well assured.

--Albert Einstein

clear hour glass with brown frame

To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It's futile to gaze at the world through a car window.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way.

--Albert Einstein

pink tulip flower

It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

--Albert Einstein

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Albert Einstein

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

--Albert Einstein

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Man's will, sustained by an indominable conviction, is much more powerful than material forces that seem insurmountable.

--Albert Einstein

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

It is certainly true that principles cannot be more securely founded than on experience and consciously clear thinking.

--Albert Einstein

red tulip in bloom during daytime

The magic of compounding interest is truly the eighth wonder of the world!

--Albert Einstein

Arizona landscape rain

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

--Albert Einstein

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

In matters of trust and justice there can be no distinction between big problems and small, for the general principles which determine the conduct of men are indivisible. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.


yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

--Albert Einstein

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

Don't let your brain interfere with your heart.

--Albert Einstein

purple and black skies

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

--Albert Einstein

plain

It takes a different kind of thinking to solve a problem than the kind of thinking which produced the problem.

--Albert Einstein

white and blue floral textile

I have also considered many scientific plans during my pushing you around in your pram!

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


woman wears black dress tutu dancing ballet on rooftop

Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few; lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

The strongest force in the universe is Compound Interest.

--Albert Einstein

backdrop

I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.

--Albert Einstein

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

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

--Albert Einstein

three pink tulip flowers

If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would have torn up my formula in 1905.

--Albert Einstein

sunset

Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory.

--Albert Einstein

mountain hills under blue sky

Be a voice not an echo.

--Albert Einstein

white flowers

Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

--Albert Einstein

green-leafed plant

I don't need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it, when I need it.

--Albert Einstein

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Everything that exists in your life, does so because of two things: something you did or something you didn't do.

--Albert Einstein

calm ocean

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.

--Albert Einstein

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

--Albert Einstein

purple and white petaled flower

The Bible is a collection of honorable, but primitive legends which are still nevertheless pretty childish.

--Albert Einstein

sunset highway

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

--Albert Einstein

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What a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of the other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.

--Albert Einstein

white and blue ice in water

All I have is a sense of duty toward all people and an attachment to those with whom I have become intimate.

--Albert Einstein

photography of white sky at golden hour

My relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human bond, ever since I became fully aware of our precarious situation among the nations of the world.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Failing isn't bad when you learn what not to do.

--Albert Einstein

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

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

--Albert Einstein

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

If I am right the Germans will say I was a German, and the French will say I was a Jew; If I am wrong the Germans will say I was a Jew and the French will say I was a German.

--Albert Einstein

pink flower petals in macro photography

There is one ray of hope. It seems to me that today the responsible leaders of the several peoples have, in the main, the honest will to abolish war.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

The enormous mental resilience, without which no Chess player can exist, was so much taken up by Chess that he could never free his mind of this game.

--Albert Einstein

blue

The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.

--Albert Einstein

sunset with agave stem

Out of complexity, find simplicity.

--Albert Einstein

white stars in the sky during night time

The quantum theory reminds me a little of the system of delusions of an exceedingly intelligent paranoiac.

--Albert Einstein

palm tree under orange sky

But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.

--Albert Einstein

blue sky with white clouds

I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.

--Albert Einstein

brown wallpaper

All the fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no closer to answer the question, "What are light quanta?" Of course today every rascal thinks he knows the answer, but he is deluding himself.

--Albert Einstein

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Subtle is the Lord. Malicious, He is not.

--Albert Einstein

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

Force always attracts men of low morality.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

An autocratic system of coercion, in my opinion, soon degenerates. For force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. For this reason I have always been passionately opposed to systems such as we see in Italy and Russia to-day.


black and white window illustration

The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed to the empty. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury—have always seemed to me contemptible.


multicolored heart LED light on wall

I never commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book.

--Albert Einstein

red rose illustration

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

--Albert Einstein

pink flower

Out yonder there was this huge world...which stands before us like a great eternal riddle.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Out yonder there is this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.


mountain dew during sunrise

I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.

--Albert Einstein

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of mountains during sunset

The analogy I like is this imagine being able to see the world but you are deaf, and then suddenly someone gives you the ability to hear things as well -- you get an extra dimension of perception.

--Albert Einstein

brown humming bird flying in mid air

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

--Albert Einstein

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

It's not that I'm so smart.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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


forest trees photograph

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

--Albert Einstein

mountains covered with fog

Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops. Stop nodding your head.

--Albert Einstein

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

My birthday was a natural disaster, a shower of paper, full of flattery, under which one almost drowned.

--Albert Einstein

red metal bridge over river

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

--Albert Einstein

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

God is a scientist, not a magician.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of elephant

The principal art of the teacher is to awaken the joy in creation and knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

photography of lake near tree

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

--Albert Einstein

milky way galaxy

Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true.

--Albert Einstein

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.

--Albert Einstein

purple flowered hedge plants

We will hope that future historians will explain the morbid symptoms of present-day society as the childhood ailments of an aspiring humanity, due entirely to the excessive speed at which civilization was advancing.

--Albert Einstein

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

I always get by best with my naivety, which is 20 percent deliberate.

--Albert Einstein

five woman standing on seashore

I can calculate everything even the velocity of light but can't calculate the "Hate" of people behind their smile.

--Albert Einstein

red strawberry fruit on red surface

That man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.

--Albert Einstein

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

God reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists.

--Albert Einstein

paper

I cannot accept any concept of God based on the fear of life or the fear of death, or blind faith. I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him I would be a liar.

--Albert Einstein

red and blue light digital wallpaper

While it is true that an inherently free and scrupulous person may be destroyed, such an individual can never be enslaved or used as a blind tool.

--Albert Einstein

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

--Albert Einstein

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

For the most part, I do the thing which my own nature prompts me to do. It is embarrassing to earn so much respect and love for it.

--Albert Einstein

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

--Albert Einstein

shooting star in night sky

I was just more stubborn and more passionate than most about physics.

--Albert Einstein

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Albert Einstein

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

One should respect an honest person even if he expresses opinions differing from one's own.

--Albert Einstein

sunset highway

Despite my being an old gypsy there is a tendency to respectability inherent in old age.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

The tyranny of the ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time.

--Albert Einstein

short-beak red bird on tree

Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.

--Albert Einstein

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

In scientific thinking are always present elements of poetry. Science and music requires a thought homogeneous.

--Albert Einstein

city lights from hill

Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.

--Albert Einstein

brown grass field during daytime

Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.

--Albert Einstein

shallow focus photo of green leaves

If you want the answer to anything, go sit in Nature for awhile.

--Albert Einstein

black and white butterfly on green leaf

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

--Albert Einstein

blue sky and white clouds

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless, is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified for life.

--Albert Einstein


pink umbrella

If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker.

--Albert Einstein

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.

--Albert Einstein

sunflower

Matter is Energy ... Energy is Light ... We are all Light Beings.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

And knowledge is one of the finest attributes of man -- though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.

--Albert Einstein

forest trees photograph

The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.

--Albert Einstein

rock formation above water

I refuse to engage in an intellectual battle with an unarmed man.

--Albert Einstein

orange lily in bloom close up photo

It is not so important where one settles down. The best thing is to follow your instincts without too much reflection.

--Albert Einstein

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

The payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.

--Albert Einstein

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count.

--Albert Einstein

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

The only justification for our concepts and systems of concepts is that they serve to represent the complex of our experiences; beyond this they have not legitimacy.

--Albert Einstein

sunflower

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

--Albert Einstein

shallow focus photography of orange flower

I do know that kind fate allowed me to find a couple of nice ideas after many years of feverish labor.

--Albert Einstein

mixed paints in a plate

If you cannot explain it simply, you do not understand it enough.

--Albert Einstein


bird's eye view of desert

I would not think that philosophy and reason themselves will be man's guide in the foreseeable future; however, they will remain the most beautiful sanctuary they have always been for the select few.

--Albert Einstein

green palm plant

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

--Albert Einstein

lion on green grass during golden hour

There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.

--Albert Einstein

red surface

Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile . I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious . I want to know God's thoughts... all the rest are details. Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. It's not that I'm so smart , it's just that I stay with problems longer.


orange lily in bloom close up photo

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

--Albert Einstein

person sleeping on gray gang chair

It is a magnificent feeling to recognize the unity of complex phenomena which appear to be things quite apart from the direct visible truth.

--Albert Einstein

white tulips in white background

Success = 1 part work + 1 part play + 1 part keep your mouth shut.

--Albert Einstein

black fishes

I believe my theory of relativity to be true. But it will only be proved for certain in 1981, when I am dead.

--Albert Einstein

blue and black abstract painting

If the bees disappear, man would have only four years of life left.

--Albert Einstein


shooting star in night sky

Organized people are just too lazy to go looking for what they want.

--Albert Einstein

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

I know what it's like to see one's mother go through the agony of death and be unable to help; there is no consolation. We all have to bear such heavy burdens, for they are unalterably linked to life.

--Albert Einstein

yellow green leaf

What I seek to accomplish is simply to serve with my feeble capacity truth and justice, at the risk of pleasing no one.

--Albert Einstein

silver bell alarm clock

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. What then is an empty desk a sign of?

--Albert Einstein

landscape photography of mountain

Just because you believe in something does not mean that it is true.

--Albert Einstein

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.

--Albert Einstein

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

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

--Albert Einstein

lighted candle in dark room

Just as with the man in the fairy tale who turned whatever he touched into gold, with me everything is turned into newspaper clamor.

--Albert Einstein

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Why is it that no one understands me and everybody likes me.

--Albert Einstein

white and yellow flower in close up photography

Violence sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly, but it never has proved itself creative.

--Albert Einstein

green leaf in close up photography

A conviction akin to religious feeling of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a high order.

--Albert Einstein

forest trees photograph

This has been done elegantly by Minkowski; but chalk is cheaper than grey matter, and we will do it as it comes.

--Albert Einstein

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

How insidious Nature is when one is trying to get at it experimentally.

--Albert Einstein

man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

Overemphasis of the competitive system and premature specialization on the ground of immediate usefulness kill the spirit on which all cultural life depends, specialized knowledge included.

--Albert Einstein

man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

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.

--Albert Einstein

full moon in the sky

That which is impenetrable to us really exists. Behind the secrets of nature remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.

--Albert Einstein

white and red flower with green leaves

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

--Albert Einstein

purple flower

The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity... out of discord, harmony... and out of difficulty, opportunity.

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends.

--Albert Einstein

sliced lemon on pink surface

The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.

--Albert Einstein

yellow flower in green grass field

People will not disarm step by step; they will disarm at one blow or not at all.

--Albert Einstein

blue sky and white clouds

Most teachers waste their time by asking question which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what pupils knows or is capable of knowing.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photography of elephant

Anyone can repeat a technical explanation they read in a text-book or blog post.

--Albert Einstein

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

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

--Albert Einstein

jellyfish under water photo

But there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.

--Albert Einstein

two birds on flight

The scientist is activated by a wonder and awe before the mysterious comprehensibility of the universe which is yet finally beyond his grasp. In its profoundest depths it is inaccessible to man.

--Albert Einstein

sunset and agave stalk

Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.

--Albert Einstein

women's black and pink monokini

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

--Albert Einstein

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When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.

--Albert Einstein

palm tree under orange sky

Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression.

--Albert Einstein

white bicycle parked beside wall

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

--Albert Einstein

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

I live my daydreams in music.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

I live my daydreams in music I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music.


pink and white clouds

The creative scientist studies nature with the rapt gaze of the lover, and is guided as often by aesthetics as by rational considerations in guessing how nature works.

--Albert Einstein

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

God does not play dice.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

God does not play dice with the universe.


blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflower in glass vase

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

--Albert Einstein

aerial photography of forest

Racism is America's greatest disease, racism is a disease of the white man.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture.

--Albert Einstein

seashore during golden hour

It is true that my parents were worried because I began to speak fairly late, so that they even consulted a doctor. I can't say how old I was -- but surely not less than three.

--Albert Einstein

sunset over hill

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.


view of mountaintops with clouds

In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony.

--Albert Einstein

orange room with open door

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

--Albert Einstein

person holding white book

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

--Albert Einstein

white desk lamp beside green plant

The years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alternations of confidence and exhaustion and the final emergence into the light -- only those who have experienced it can understand it.

--Albert Einstein

bird in the sky

Do you remember how electrical currents and 'unseen waves' were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.

--Albert Einstein

backdrop solid

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.

--Albert Einstein

low angle photo of starry night

All our thinking is of this nature, a free play with concepts.

--Albert Einstein

bird in the sky

Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.

--Albert Einstein

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition.

--Albert Einstein

purple flowered hedge plants

Everybody should be ashamed who uses the wonders of science and engineering without thinking and having mentally realized not more of it than a cow realizes of the botany of the plants which it eats with pleasure.

--Albert Einstein

orange room with open door

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

--Albert Einstein

red rose

The great moral teachers of humanity were in a way artistic geniuses in the art of living.

--Albert Einstein

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.

--Albert Einstein

yellow and purple flower with white background

The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us that the human race is poor in independent and creative imagination.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us that the human race is poor in independent and creative imagination. Even when the external and scientific requirements for the birth of an idea have long been there, it generally needs an external stimulus to make it actually happen; man has, so to speak, to stumble right up against the thing before the idea comes.


brown textile in close up image

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.

--Albert Einstein

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.

--Albert Einstein

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

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

--Albert Einstein

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

My life is a simple thing that would interest no one. It is a known fact that I was born, and that is all that is necessary.

--Albert Einstein

blue and white painted wall

Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.

--Albert Einstein

fireplace on fire

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

--Albert Einstein

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Albert Einstein

person holding brown leaf

Without "ethical culture," there is no salvation for humanity.

--Albert Einstein

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

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.

--Albert Einstein

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

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.

--Albert Einstein

full moon in the sky

If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants.

--Albert Einstein

green leaf in close up photography

There is no vaccine against stupidity.

--Albert Einstein

Arizona landscape

I am doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives.

--Albert Einstein

flame illustration

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

--Albert Einstein

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Keep fighting until the last buzzer sounds.

--Albert Einstein

man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime

I have just got a new theory of eternity.

--Albert Einstein

orange moon during nighttime

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

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.


photography of white wall lot

You can't solve your problems by using the same thinking
that got you into those problems in the first place.

--Albert Einstein

fawn pug in close up photography

It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of tall trees

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.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

How many people are trapped in their everyday habits: part numb, part frightened, part indifferent? To have a better life we must keep choosing how we are living.

--Albert Einstein

person standing on rock formation during daytime

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

--Albert Einstein

low angle view of blue clouds

The effort to strive for truth has to precede all
other efforts.

--Albert Einstein

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

Not until we dare to regard ourselves as a nation, not until we respect ourselves, can we gain the esteem of others, or rather only then will it come of its own accord.

--Albert Einstein

backdrop solid

Betterment of conditions the world over is not essentially dependent on scientific knowledge but on the fulfillment of human traditions and ideals.

--Albert Einstein

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

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

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

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

--Albert Einstein

person on road at sunset

Turkish soldiers are very brave. They love their homeland and they do not hesitate to give their lives for it if necessary.

--Albert Einstein

water droplets on green leaf

A thousand things can prove me right and one can prove me wrong.

--Albert Einstein

red tulips

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.

--Albert Einstein

photo og calm body of water

Sans culture morale, aucune chance pour les hommes.

--Albert Einstein

two women walking on bridge during daytime

Look into nature, and then you will understand it better.

--Albert Einstein

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

A thought that sometimes makes me hazy: Am I -- or are the others crazy?

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of person kicking on mid air

I was very pleased with your kind letter. Until now I never dreamed of being something like a hero. But since you've given me the nomination I feel that I am one.

--Albert Einstein

black textile in close up photography

The armament industry is indeed one of the greatest dangers that beset mankind. It is the hidden evil power.

--Albert Einstein

shallow focus photography of purple flower

We must not only learn to tolerate our differences. We must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence.

--Albert Einstein

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

What you can count, doesn't count for much. What you cannot count, counts for everything.

--Albert Einstein

brown textile

Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.

--Albert Einstein

mountain summit during sunset

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? 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. All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

--Albert Einstein

red tulips flower

This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism.

--Albert Einstein

four person standing beside wall

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.

--Albert Einstein

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The comprehensibility of the world seems to me a wonder or eternal secret. Here lies the sense of wonder which increases even more with the development of our knowledge.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece.

--Albert Einstein

pink and blue painted wall

When I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock.
So I stopped wearing socks.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Love is not the stupidest thing a man does, but it cannot be blamed on gravity.

--Albert Einstein

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Nothing happens until something moves.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Nothing happens until something moves. When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected.


girl and boy figurines

Since I have introduced this term I had always a bad conscience... I cannot help to feel it strongly and I am unable to believe that such an ugly thing should be realized in nature.

--Albert Einstein

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

Empathy is patiently and sincerely seeing the world through the other person's eyes. It is not learned in school; it is cultivated over a lifetime.

--Albert Einstein

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

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

--Albert Einstein

river painting

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

--Albert Einstein

white pendant lamp

New frameworks are like climbing a mountain -- the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the more restricted view.

--Albert Einstein

green and blue chevron textile

The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks.

--Albert Einstein

saguaro

The most important thing is to not stop questioning.

--Albert Einstein

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Insofar as we may at all claim that slavery has been abolished today, we owe its abolition to the practical consequences of science.

--Albert Einstein

adobe wall

I prefer to make up my own quotes and attribute them to very smart people, so that I can use them to win arguments.

--Albert Einstein

crack in wall

There's no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more.

--Albert Einstein

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

A problem can't be solved by the same kind of thinking that has created them.

--Albert Einstein

black and gray floral textile

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

--Albert Einstein

red rose

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

--Albert Einstein

white brick wall

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

--Albert Einstein

person on road at sunset

In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal god.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal god, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast power in the hands of priests. In their labors they will have to avail themselves of those forces which are capable of cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in humanity itself. This is, to be sure, a more difficult but an incomparably more worthy task.


brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

I see my life in terms of music.

--Albert Einstein

grayscale photo of person's back

It is my belief that the problem of bringing peace to the world on a supranational basis will be solved only by employing Gandhi's method on a larger scale.

--Albert Einstein

brown labrador puppy

Imagination encircles the world.

--Albert Einstein

silver bell alarm clock

Know where to find the information and how to use it -- That's the secret of success.

--Albert Einstein

white desk lamp beside green plant

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.

--Albert Einstein

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

--Albert Einstein

brown and gray brick wall

That's my mathematician who examines problems which I put before him and checks their validity. You see, I am not myself a good mathematician.

--Albert Einstein

green palm plant during daytime

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.

--Albert Einstein


four handheld gardening tools on rack

He who cherishes the value of cultures cannot fail to be a pacifist.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

Galileo had already made a significant beginning toward a knowledge of the law of motion. He discovered the law of inertia and the law of bodies falling freely in the gravitational field of the earth.

--Albert Einstein

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I like the Swiss because by and large they are more humane than the other people aming whom I have lived.

--Albert Einstein

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

I have made the Bhagwad Gita as the main source of my inspiration and guide for the purpose of scientific investigations and formation of my theories.

--Albert Einstein

yellow petaled flower screenshot

To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.

--Albert Einstein

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

There two things that are infinite, human stupidity and the universe, I don't know about the universe.

--Albert Einstein

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