Albert Einstein Quotes | Quotes by Albert Einstein

1The moon does not simply disappear when we are not looking at it.

2One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

3Inner freedom is an infrequent gift of nature and a worthy object for the individual.

4We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.

5In science, moreover, the work of the individual is so bound up with that of his scientific predecessors and contemporaries that it appears almost as an impersonal product of his generation.

6Science is the process of making obviously erroneous ideas less obviously erroneous.

7It is my conviction that pure mathematical construction enables us to discover the concepts and the laws connecting them, which gives us the key to the understanding of nature ... In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.

8Conceptions without experience are void; experience without conceptions is blind.

9It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing...

10Understanding physics is child's play when compared to understanding child's play.

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11God 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.

12Every 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.

13I am a determinist. As such, I do not believe in free will...Practically, I am, nevertheless, compelled to act as if freedom of the will existed. If I wish to live in a civilized community, I must act as if man is a responsible being.

14I 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.

15Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance

16If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would take 19 days to define it

17Nothing happens til something moves.

18If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live. This is regarded as probably NOT a quote by Einstein.

19You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.

20The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can鈥檛 grasp them. There is a pattern in creation.

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21We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant.

22To invent something, all you need is imagination and a big pile of junk.

23But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

24The only thing we can be certain of in this life is that we can be certain of nothing.

25A ship is safe at shore but it's not built for that.

26Creativity is one of those hypnotic words which are prone to cast a spell upon our understanding and dissolve our thinking into haze.

27The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap

28A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.

29A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

30I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.

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31There is possibility in every difficulty.

32To obtain an assured favorable response from people, it is better to offer them something for their stomachs instead of their brains.

33Insofar as we may at all claim that slavery has been abolished today, we owe its abolition to the practical consequences of science

34Earth is the insane asylum of the universe.

35If one holds these high principles clearly before one's eyes, and compares them with the life and spirit of our times, then it appears glaringly that civilized mankind finds itself at present in grave danger. In the totalitarian states it is the rulers themselves who strive actually to destroy that spirit of humanity. In less threatened parts it is nationalism and intolerance, as well as the oppression of the individuals by economic means, which threaten to choke these most precious traditions.

36Often in evolutionary processes a species must adapt to new conditions in order to survive. Today the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.

37What 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.

38The solitude and peace of mind are serving me quite well, not the least of which is due to the excellent and truly enjoyable relationship with my cousin; its stability will be guaranteed by the avoidance of marriage.

39Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.

40The 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 鈥?possessions, outward success, luxury鈥攈ave always seemed to me contemptible.

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41Striving for peace and preparing for war are incompatible with each other, and in our time more so than ever.

42We must not only learn to tolerate our differences. We must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence.

43What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the World.

44There's no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more.

45Every thoughtful, well-meaning and conscientious human being should assume in time of peace, the solemn and unconditional obligation not to participate in any war, for any reason or to lend support of any kind, whether direct or indirect.

46Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

47The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

48The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems ... I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.

49Nature conceals her mystery by her essential grandeur.

50If a theory can not be explained to a child, then the theory is probably worthless.

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51Education is not received. It is achieved.

52If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

53Marriage is but slavery made to appear civilized.

54My 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.

55No matter how we may single out a complex from nature...its theoretical treatment will never prove to be ultimately conclusive... I believe that this process of deepening of theory has no limits.

56Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition.

57The truth isn't always a blinding light. Sometimes it's a deep and dazzling darkness, that illuminates - and burns - just as surely.

58No one must think that Newton鈥檚 great creation can be overthrown in any real sense by this [Theory of Relativity] or by any other theory. His clear and wide ideas will for ever retain their significance as the foundation on which our modern conceptions of physics have been built.

59My primary process of perceiving is muscular and visual.

60I was just more stubborn and more passionate than most about physics.