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Albert Einstein quotes (107)

I don't believe in mathematics.
Albert Einstein   Category: Mathematics

If you are out to describe the truth leave elegance to the tailor.
Albert Einstein   Category: Truth

The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein   Category: Genius

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein   Category: Try

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality they are not certain; and as far as they are certain they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein   Category: Reality

The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
Albert Einstein   Category: Classes

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Albert Einstein   Category: Opinion

The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same only without the cat.
Albert Einstein   Category: Radio

Reality is merely an illusion although a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein   Category: Illusions

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Albert Einstein   Category: Conformity

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 every one best both for the body and the mind.
Albert Einstein   Category: Possessions

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking ... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known I should have become a watchmaker.
Albert Einstein   Category: Man

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears for theres no risk of accident for someone whos dead.
Albert Einstein   Category: Fear

Force always attracts men of low morality.
Albert Einstein   Category: Force

I am absolutely convinced that no amount of wealth in the world can help humanity move forward even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistably invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses Jesus or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
Albert Einstein   Category: Wealth

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.
Albert Einstein   Category: Wise

If the facts don't fit the theory change the facts.
Albert Einstein   Category: Fact

You see wire telegraph is a kind of a very very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.
Albert Einstein   Category: Diet

A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
Albert Einstein   Category: Unsorted

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
Albert Einstein   Category: Cooperation

Coincidence is Gods way of remaining anonymous.
Albert Einstein   Category: Coincidences

Out of clutter find Simplicity. From discord find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
Albert Einstein   Category: Simple

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

To my mind to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
Albert Einstein   Category: Murder

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Albert Einstein   Category: World

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
Albert Einstein   Category: Growth

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness call it intuition or what you will and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.
Albert Einstein   Category: Intellect

Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.
Albert Einstein   Category: Wisdom

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
Albert Einstein   Category: Idol

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minuteand its longer than any hour. Thats relativity.
Albert Einstein   Category: Courtship

How despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein   Category: War

One neednt be a crank to miss the scientific boat. The very paragon of genius Albert Einstein couldnt be persuaded to give quantum physics his unreserved endorsement. Here is Einsteins most frequently paraphrased statement of dissatisfaction with the theory: Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old One. In any case I am convinced that He doesnt play dice.
Albert Einstein   Category: Physics

How do I work? I grope.
Albert Einstein   Category: Work

If I am right the Germans will say I was a German and the French will say I was a Jew; If I am wrong the Germans will say I was a Jew and the French will say I was a German.
Albert Einstein   Category: Irreverence

Things should be as simple as possible but not simpler.
Albert Einstein   Category: Everything

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Albert Einstein   Category: Authority

A mans moral worth is not measured by what his religious beliefs are but rather by what emotional impulses he has received from Nature during his lifetime.
Albert Einstein   Category: Morality

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Albert Einstein   Category: Clergy

The human mind has first to construct forms independently before we can find them in things.
Albert Einstein   Category: Mind

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.
Albert Einstein   Category: Education

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.
Albert Einstein   Category: Education

Before God we are equally wise and equally foolish.
Albert Einstein   Category: Fool

If A equal success then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z with X being work Y play and Z keeping your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein   Category: Sick

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein   Category: Problem

The bitter and the sweet come from the outside the hard from within from ones own efforts.
Albert Einstein   Category: Effort

Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard which has been communicated to me in manuscript leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future. Certain aspects of the situation which has arisen seem to call for watchfulness and if necessary quick action on the part of the Administration. This new phenomena would also lead to the construction of bombs.... A single bomb of this type carried by boat and exploded in a port might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory. However such bombs might very well prove to be too heavy for transportation by air.
Albert Einstein   Category: Nuclear

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.
Albert Einstein   Category: Success

The distinction between past present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein   Category: Future

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Albert Einstein   Category: Attitude

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
Albert Einstein   Category: Valor

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Albert Einstein   Category: Freedom

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity of life of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein   Category: Curiosity

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
Albert Einstein   Category: Attain

We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
Albert Einstein   Category: Death

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein   Category: Gravity

If we knew what it was we were doing it would not be called research would it?
Albert Einstein   Category: Research

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

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein   Category: Creative

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein   Category: Mystics

The individual must not merely wait and criticize he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.
Albert Einstein   Category: Wait

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness beauty and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.
Albert Einstein   Category: Ethics

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Albert Einstein   Category: Bargain

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
Albert Einstein   Category: Responsibility

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Albert Einstein   Category: Enough

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seemin my opinionto characterize our age.
Albert Einstein   Category: Age

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Albert Einstein   Category: Technology

If you cant explain it simply you don't understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein   Category: Understand

Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men both living and dead and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
Albert Einstein   Category: Give

I would not think that philosophy and reason themselves will be mans guide in the foreseeable future; however they will remain the most beautiful sanctuary they have always been for the select few.
Albert Einstein   Category: Philosophy

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein   Category: Ignorance

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein   Category: Life

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life and the fear of death and blind faith but through striving after rational knowledge.
Albert Einstein   Category: Knowledge

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of lifes coming attractions.
Albert Einstein   Category: Imagination

Never regard study as a duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.
Albert Einstein   Category: Duty

Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and Im not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein   Category: Housework

Only a life lived for others is worth living.
Albert Einstein   Category: Live

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein   Category: Teach

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract positive thinking.
Albert Einstein   Category: Conclusions

I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being and seems to make the days work like a happy child at play.
Albert Einstein   Category: Ambition

I have never imputed to Nature a purpose or a goal or anything that could be understood as anthropomorphic. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
Albert Einstein   Category: Imperfection

Peace cannot be achieved through violence it can only be attained through understanding.
Albert Einstein   Category: Peace

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
Albert Einstein   Category: Meaning

I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
Albert Einstein   Category: Play

Three rules of work: (1) Out of clutter find simplicity; (2) From discord find harmony; (3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein   Category: Opportunity

If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity of fear and of promiscuous misery.
Albert Einstein   Category: Instinct

If I had only known I would have been a locksmith.
Albert Einstein   Category: God

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Albert Einstein   Category: Tax

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Albert Einstein   Category: Big

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
Albert Einstein   Category: Influence

To punish me for my contempt for authority fate made me an authority myself.
Albert Einstein   Category: Contempt

A 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 feelings 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
Albert Einstein   Category: Compassion

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
Albert Einstein   Category: Indispensable

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

Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness but not by means of ruse.
Albert Einstein   Category: Nature

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
Albert Einstein   Category: Science

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein   Category: Solitude

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able toperceive with our frail and feeble mind. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power which is revealed in the incomprehensible Universe forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein   Category: Religion

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.
Albert Einstein   Category: Courage

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

One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Albert Einstein   Category: Pleasure

Heroism on command senseless brutality deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein   Category: Patriotism

A mans ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy education and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Albert Einstein   Category: Behavior

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Albert Einstein   Category: Intelligent

It is the theory that decides what can be observed.
Albert Einstein   Category: Observe

Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.
Albert Einstein   Category: Conceit

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein   Category: Eyes

One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness from the fetters of ones own ever-shifting desires.
Albert Einstein   Category: Desire