Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
It is the theory that decides what can be observed.
One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a high-sounding name.
The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.
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.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism.
The value of achievement lies in the achieving.
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.
I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.
I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
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.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.
God is subtle but he is not malicious.
Women always worry about things that men forget; men always worry about things women remember.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
Never memorize something that you can look up.
Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.
My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred.
It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge.
I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
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.
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
The normal objective of my thought affords no insight into the dark places of human will and feeling.
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.
It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.
Growth comes through analogy; through seeing how things connect, rather than only seeing how they might be different.
Everything what's inspiring has been created by one who could work in freedom.
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.
As to science, we may well define it for our purpose as "methodical thinking directed toward finding regulative connections between our sensual experiences."
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.
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.
Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.
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.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
If I were not a Jew I would be a Quaker.
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
The idea of a Being who interferes with the sequence of events in the world is absolutely impossible.
Learn from Yesterday, live for Today, hope for Tomorrow.
Experience is knowledge. All the rest is information.
How can any educated person stay away from the Greeks? I have always been far more interested in them than in science.
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.
Don't be too hard on me. Everyone has to sacrifice at the altar of stupidity from time to time.
Qualities I sought in a scientific theory were naturalness, inner perfection and logical simplicity from an aesthetic approach.
At present every coachman and every waiter argues about whether or not the relativity theory is correct.
Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
My sailing system set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, loll back, let boat drift.
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.
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.
Show me a satisfied man, and I'll show you a failure.
Curiosity is a delicate little plant that, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.
For an idea which, at first, does not seem absurd, there is no hope.
Please explain the problem to me slowly, as I do not understand things quickly.
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.
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
A true genius admits that he or she knows nothing.
Mankind must give up war in the Atomic Era. What is at stake is the life or death of humanity.
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.
It is not by sitting still at a grand distance and calling the human race larvae that men are to be helped.
Hell! there ain't no rules around here! We are tryin' to accomplish somep'n!
If I could do it all again, I'd be a plumber.
The value of a man resides in what he gives.
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.
The important things are always simple.
The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.
Mathematics are well and good but Nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.
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.
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.
In the shadow of the atomic bomb it has become even more apparent that all men are, indeed, brothers.
The more a country makes military weapons, the more insecure it becomes: if you have weapons, you become a target for attack.
A model should be as simple as it can be but no simpler.
Artificial intellegance is no match for natural stupidity.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Mystery is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
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.
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.
Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. Intuition tells man his purpose in this life.
No one but a theorist believes his theory; everyone puts faith in a laboratory result but the experimenter himself.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
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.
Live with purpose. Don't let people or things around you get you down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagination is the most powerful force in the universe.
A desk, some pads, a pencil, and a large basket -- to hold all of mu mistakes.
Failure is success in progress.
It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Don't dream of being a good person, be a human being is valuable and gives value to life.
The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge.
To invent something, all you need is imagination and a big pile of junk.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
The most important tool of the theoretical physicist is his wastebasket.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.
God Almighty does not throw dice.
Cosmic religiousness is the strongest and most noble driving force of scientific research.
I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
Knowledge is limited.
Newton did not know what happened to the apple, and I can prove this when the next eclipse comes.
Everyone has two choices. We're either full of love... or full of fear.
Curiosity is more important than knowledge.
The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.
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.
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.
The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.
It is a precarious undertaking to say anything reliable about aims and intentions.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
What I value in life is quality rather then quantity.
The moon does not simply disappear when we are not looking at it.
The true measure of a man is the degree to which he has managed to subjugate his ego.
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.
My comprehension of God comes from a deeply felt conviction of a superior intelligence that reveals itself in the knowable world.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
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.
Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense-experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.
I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.
Why should i remember anything if i can just look it up?
Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi‘s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time.
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.
I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.
The leaves and the light are one.
Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.
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.
The thinking it took to get us into this mess is not the same thinking that is going to get us out of it.
When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.
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.
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.
What is this frog and mouse battle among the mathematicians?
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.
The daily struggle does not arise from a purpose or a program, but from an immediate need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
Once you stop learning, you start dying.
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.
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.
Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self criticism.
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.
One lives one's life under constant tension, until it's time to go for good.
The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
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.
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.
No idea is conceived in our mind independent of our five senses i.e., no idea is divinely inspired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.
Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.
Never lose a holy curiosity.
Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.
How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.
It's very depressing to live in a time where it's easier to break an atom than a prejudice.
The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.
Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Life is a great tapestry. The individual is only an insignificant thread in an immense and miraculous pattern.
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.
The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
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.
Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder.
Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.
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.
When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth.
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.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.
The greatest knowledge a person can possess is the address of the local library.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Order is needed by the ignorant but it takes a genius to master chaos.
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.
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
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.
Creativity is one of those hypnotic words which are prone to cast a spell upon our understanding and dissolve our thinking into haze.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
You cannot solve current problems with current thinking. Current problems are the result of current thinking.
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.
When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.
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.
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
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.
Persistence is the most powerful force on earth, it can move mountains.
You accept the historical Jesus?
We are here for the sake of others.
It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character.
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!
So long as there are men, there will be wars.
If you have never failed, you have never tried anything new.
One who scorns the power of intuition will never rise above the ranks of journeyman calculator.
There is an atmosphere of well-sounding oratory that likes to attach itself to dress clothes. Away with it!
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.
The legs are the wheels of creativity.
If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
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.
I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.
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.
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.
Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.
The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one's own efforts.
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.
I have to apologize to you that I am still among the living. There will be a remedy for this, however.
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.
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.
When I have one week to solve a seemingly impossible problem, I spend six days defining the problem. Then, the solution becomes obvious.
Everyday is an oportunity to make a new happy ending.
Hmm, yes. Pig physics.
True knowledge comes with deep understanding of a topic and its inner workings.
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."
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
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.
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.
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.
Earnestly I must exert myself in order to return as much as I have received.
It is impossible to get anywhere without sinning against reason.
The concept of marriage must have been thought up by an unimaginative pig.
Epistemology without contact with science becomes an empty scheme. Science without epistemology is-insofar as it is thinkable at all-primitive and muddled.
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.
Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.
Temo il giorno in cui la tecnologia andrà oltre la nostra umanità: il mondo sarà popolato allora da una generazione di idioti.
Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not.
Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.
Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
Each possession I own is but a stone around my neck.
Even if you have to go through hell -- go without hesitation.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
One definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Experience alone can decide on truth.
The last thing to collapse is the surface.
I have reached an age where if someone tells me to wear socks, I dont have to.
We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
Happiness, as a pursuit, is suitable only for pigs.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
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.
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.
The wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.
I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am obligated to feed on it regularly.
I know that philosophically a murderer is not responsible for his crime, but I prefer not to take tea with him.
I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.
If I had it life to do all over again, I'd have been a plumber.
The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.
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.
To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.
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.
If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.
I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.
There are two things that are infinite, the universe and man's stupidity and I am not sure about the universe.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
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?
The level of intelligence are 'Smart, Intelligent, Brilliant, Genius, Simple.'
Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
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.
It is my inner conviction that the development of science seeks in the main to satisfy the longing for pure knowledge.
Hope that justice will be done to those brave men who stood up for their convictions.
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.
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.
Don't second guess the mistakes you've made, others will do that for you. Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.
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.
The next world war will be fought with stones.
Physics is essentially an intuitive and concrete science. Mathematics is only a means for expressing the laws that govern phenomena.
Anonymity is no excuse for stupidity.
I get the most joy in life out of music.
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
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.
Nothing causes more consternation in a group of hypocrits than one honest man.
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.
God always takes the simplest way.
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.
The framing of a problem is often far more essential than its solution.
Non-cooperation in military matters should be an essential moral principle for all true scientists.
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.
The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.
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.
I didn't arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.
If I can't picture it, I can't understand it.
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.
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.
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.
I have no extraordinary ability. I'm simply an inquisitive individual.
I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success.
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.
The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.
About Newton: Nature to him was an open book, whose letters he could read without effort.
The golden proportion is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult to produce and the good easy.
Beyond the realms of what we see, into the regions or the unexplored limited only by our imaginations.
Man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.
There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks.
We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
The wing structure of the hornet, in relation to its weight, is not suitable for flight, but he does not know this and flies anyway.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Don't become a seeker of success. Become a person of value.
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.
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.
Only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.
The same thinking that has led you to where you are is not going to lead you to where you want to go.
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust.
For us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.
I simply imagine it so, then go about to prove it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful.
Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.
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.
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.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech.
Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds.
The flag is a symbol of the fact that man is still a herd animal.
The more I study science, the more I believe in God.
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
Opinions about obviousness are to a certain extent a function of time.
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.
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.
Creative energy is more critical than learning.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
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.
As the area of light expands, so does the perimeter of darkness.
Do things sound better in your head before you say them, or do you even run them through there first?
The right to search for truth implies also a duty.
The faster you go, the shorter you are.
Stand still. The trees ahead and bush beside you are not lost.
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.
Those who staying with the wrong reward,(eg. stay in comfort zone, etc.), long enough will get problem.
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.
If people would only talk about what they understood, Earth would be a very quiet place.
At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.
It is quite possible that we can do greater things than Jesus, for what is written in the Bible about him is poetically embellished.
Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate.
Love is a better master than duty.
Thinking is to man what flying is to birds. Don't follow the example of a chicken when you could be a lark.
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.
The truth of a theory can never be proven, for one never knows if future experience will contradict its conclusions.
If quantum theory is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science.
Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger.
The future is not a gift, it is an achievement.
Only strong characters can resist the temptation of superficial analysis.
Human beings, in their thinking, feeling and acting are not free agents but are as causally bound as the stars in their motion.
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.
Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets.
Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Truth is what stands the test of experience.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Music has no effect on research work, but both are born of the same source and complement each other through the satisfaction they bestow.
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Learn from yesterday, live for today.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
I must seem like an ostrich who forever burries its head in the relativistic sands in order not to face the evil quanta.
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.
The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of evil.
Now to the term 'relativity theory.' I admit that it is unfortunate, and has given occasion to philosophical misunderstandings.
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.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats.
On quantum theory I use up more brain grease (rough translation of German idiom) than on relativity.
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.
We Jews have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity.
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.
Innovation is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.
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.
Smoke like a chimney, work like a horse, eat without thinking, go for a walk only in really pleasant company.
How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.
Racism is a disease of white people.
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.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it.
Only six men in the world know about relativity. I am not one of them. When I ask them to explain, they confused me.
Time is not at all what it seems. It does not flow in only one direction, and the future exists simultaneously with the past.
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.
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.
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.
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.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
It is really a puzzle what drives one to take one's work so devilishly seriously.
The series of integers is obviously an invention of the human mind, a self-created tool which simplifies the ordering of certain sensory experiences.
You are right in speaking of the moral foundations of science, but you cannot turn around and speak of the scientific foundations of morality.
Belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.
Unlimited competition leads to a huge waste of labor, and to that crippling of the social consciousness of individuals.
God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
Time is an illusion.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
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.
It may affront the military-minded person to suggest a regime that does not maintain any military secrets.
Compounding is the 8th wonder of the world.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Joy and amazement of the beauty and grandeur of this world of which man can just form a faint notion.
Except in mathematics, the shortest distance between point A and point B is seldom a straight line. I don't believe in mathematics.
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.
The world is so full of possibilities that dogmatism is simply indecent.
The special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell's equations of the electromagnetic field.
A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.
The true definition of madness is repeating the same action, over and over, hoping for a different result.
Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.
Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.
Incompetence is the true crisis.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
The most powerful force in the world is compound interest.
Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.
The idea of achieving security through national armament is, at the present state of military technique, a disastrous illusion.
One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and nuclear power: the will.
Our schoolbooks glorify war and conceal its horrors. They indoctrinate children with hatred. I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.
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.
The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
The individual who has experienced solitude will not easily become a victim of mass suggestion.
The pursuit of knowledge is more valuable than its possession.
The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
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.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.
If I would follow your advice and Jesus could perceive it, he, as a Jewish teacher, surely would not approve of such behavior.
Compound interest on debt was the banker's greatest invention, to capture, and enslave, a productive society.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
The only mistake in life is the lesson not learned.
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?
Behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.
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.
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.
The most precious things in life are not those you get for money.
Man owes his strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a social animal.
Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.
Genius is when an idea and the execution of that idea are simultaneous.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
The state was made for man, not man for state.
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.
I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I am an absolute pacifist...It is an instinctive feeling. It is a feeling that possesses me, because the murder of men is disgusting.
It is a strange thing to be so widely known, and yet to be so lonely.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
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.
Israel is the only place on earth where Jews have the possibility to shape public life according to their own traditional ideals.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Gravity is a response to geometry.
The chicken did not cross the road. The road passed beneath the chicken.
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.
The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.
As I have said so many times, God doesn't play dice with the world.
Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility.
What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion.
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.
But then, after all, we are all alike, for we are all derived from the monkey.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
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.
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.
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.
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher"(when asked about completing his income tax form).
The really valuable method of thought to arrive at a logically coherent system is intuition.
You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.
We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
Humankind's desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government.
As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.
The trouble with the younger generation is that they don't stay young for very long.
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.
Where there is love, there is no imposition.
True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.
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.
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.
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.
A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.
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.
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.
Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way.
It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.
If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
Man's will, sustained by an indominable conviction, is much more powerful than material forces that seem insurmountable.
It is certainly true that principles cannot be more securely founded than on experience and consciously clear thinking.
The magic of compounding interest is truly the eighth wonder of the world!
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
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.
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.
One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
Don't let your brain interfere with your heart.
If one tries to navigate unknown waters one runs the risk of shipwreck.
It takes a different kind of thinking to solve a problem than the kind of thinking which produced the problem.
I have also considered many scientific plans during my pushing you around in your pram!
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift.
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.
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.
The strongest force in the universe is Compound Interest.
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.
My sense of god is my sense of wonder about the universe.
If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would have torn up my formula in 1905.
Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory.
Be a voice not an echo.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
I don't need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it, when I need it.
Everything that exists in your life, does so because of two things: something you did or something you didn't do.
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.
Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.
The Bible is a collection of honorable, but primitive legends which are still nevertheless pretty childish.
Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay.
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.
All I have is a sense of duty toward all people and an attachment to those with whom I have become intimate.
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.
Failing isn't bad when you learn what not to do.
If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.
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.
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.
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.
The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.
Out of complexity, find simplicity.
The quantum theory reminds me a little of the system of delusions of an exceedingly intelligent paranoiac.
But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
I have become rather like King Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus.
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.
Subtle is the Lord. Malicious, He is not.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
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.
The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.
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.
I never commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book.
It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.
Out yonder there was this huge world...which stands before us like a great eternal riddle.
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.
I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.
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.
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.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
It's not that I'm so smart.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
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.
Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops. Stop nodding your head.
My birthday was a natural disaster, a shower of paper, full of flattery, under which one almost drowned.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
God is a scientist, not a magician.
The principal art of the teacher is to awaken the joy in creation and knowledge.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
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.
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.
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.
I always get by best with my naivety, which is 20 percent deliberate.
I can calculate everything even the velocity of light but can't calculate the "Hate" of people behind their smile.
That man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
God reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists.
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.
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.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
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.
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.
I was just more stubborn and more passionate than most about physics.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
One should respect an honest person even if he expresses opinions differing from one's own.
Despite my being an old gypsy there is a tendency to respectability inherent in old age.
The tyranny of the ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time.
Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.
In scientific thinking are always present elements of poetry. Science and music requires a thought homogeneous.
Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.
Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.
If you want the answer to anything, go sit in Nature for awhile.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.
The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless, is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified for life.
If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a shoemaker.
Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.
Matter is Energy ... Energy is Light ... We are all Light Beings.
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.
The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader.
I refuse to engage in an intellectual battle with an unarmed man.
It is not so important where one settles down. The best thing is to follow your instincts without too much reflection.
The payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.
What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count.
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.
The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.
I do know that kind fate allowed me to find a couple of nice ideas after many years of feverish labor.
If you cannot explain it simply, you do not understand it enough.
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.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.
Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.
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.
We all know that light travels faster than sound. That's why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.
It is a magnificent feeling to recognize the unity of complex phenomena which appear to be things quite apart from the direct visible truth.
Success = 1 part work + 1 part play + 1 part keep your mouth shut.
I believe my theory of relativity to be true. But it will only be proved for certain in 1981, when I am dead.
If the bees disappear, man would have only four years of life left.
Organized people are just too lazy to go looking for what they want.
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.
What I seek to accomplish is simply to serve with my feeble capacity truth and justice, at the risk of pleasing no one.
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. What then is an empty desk a sign of?
Just because you believe in something does not mean that it is true.
What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
Just as with the man in the fairy tale who turned whatever he touched into gold, with me everything is turned into newspaper clamor.
Why is it that no one understands me and everybody likes me.
Violence sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly, but it never has proved itself creative.
A conviction akin to religious feeling of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a high order.
This has been done elegantly by Minkowski; but chalk is cheaper than grey matter, and we will do it as it comes.
How insidious Nature is when one is trying to get at it experimentally.
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.
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.
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.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.
The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity... out of discord, harmony... and out of difficulty, opportunity.
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.
The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.
People will not disarm step by step; they will disarm at one blow or not at all.
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.
Anyone can repeat a technical explanation they read in a text-book or blog post.
Past is dead
Future is uncertain;
Present is all you have,
So eat, drink and live merry.
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.
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.
Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression.
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
I live my daydreams in music.
I live my daydreams in music I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music.
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.
God does not play dice.
God does not play dice with the universe.
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.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Racism is America's greatest disease, racism is a disease of the white man.
I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture.
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.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.
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.
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.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion.
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.
Do you remember how electrical currents and 'unseen waves' were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.
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.
All our thinking is of this nature, a free play with concepts.
Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.
The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition.
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.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
The great moral teachers of humanity were in a way artistic geniuses in the art of living.
Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.
The history of scientific and technical discovery teaches us that the human race is poor in independent and creative imagination.
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.
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.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.
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.
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.
Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
Without "ethical culture," there is no salvation for humanity.
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.
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.
If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants.
There is no vaccine against stupidity.
I am doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Keep fighting until the last buzzer sounds.
I have just got a new theory of eternity.
The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions.
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.
You can't solve your problems by using the same thinking
that got you into those problems in the first place.
It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.
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.
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.
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
The effort to strive for truth has to precede all
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.
Betterment of conditions the world over is not essentially dependent on scientific knowledge but on the fulfillment of human traditions and ideals.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Turkish soldiers are very brave. They love their homeland and they do not hesitate to give their lives for it if necessary.
A thousand things can prove me right and one can prove me wrong.
The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
Sans culture morale, aucune chance pour les hommes.
Look into nature, and then you will understand it better.
A thought that sometimes makes me hazy: Am I -- or are the others crazy?
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.
The armament industry is indeed one of the greatest dangers that beset mankind. It is the hidden evil power.
We must not only learn to tolerate our differences. We must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence.
What you can count, doesn't count for much. What you cannot count, counts for everything.
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.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
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.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
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.
The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.
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.
You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece.
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.
Love is not the stupidest thing a man does, but it cannot be blamed on gravity.
Nothing happens until something moves.
Nothing happens until something moves. When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected.
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.
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.
What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
New frameworks are like climbing a mountain -- the larger view encompasses rather than rejects the more restricted view.
The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks.
The most important thing is to not stop questioning.
Insofar as we may at all claim that slavery has been abolished today, we owe its abolition to the practical consequences of science.
I prefer to make up my own quotes and attribute them to very smart people, so that I can use them to win arguments.
There's no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more.
A problem can't be solved by the same kind of thinking that has created them.
The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal god.
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.
I see my life in terms of music.
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.
Imagination encircles the world.
Know where to find the information and how to use it -- That's the secret of success.
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.
Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual's instinct for self preservation.
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.
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.
He who cherishes the value of cultures cannot fail to be a pacifist.
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.
I like the Swiss because by and large they are more humane than the other people aming whom I have lived.
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.
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
There two things that are infinite, human stupidity and the universe, I don't know about the universe.