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Top 150 Albert Einstein Quotes

In this post you will find Top 150 Albert Einstein Quotes.

 

Albert Einstein Quotes

 

“A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.”

 

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

 

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

 

“God always takes the simplest way.”

 

“Information is not knowledge.”

 

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work…”

 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

 

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

 

“I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.”

 

“Nothing happens until something moves.”

 

“I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.”

 

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”

 

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

 

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

 

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

 

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

 

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.”

 

“I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.”

 

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”

 

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

 

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

 

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

 

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

 

“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

 

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

 

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

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

 

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”

 

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

 

“The faster you go, the shorter you are.”

 

“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

 

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

 

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

 

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

 

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

 

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

 

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

 

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

 

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

 

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”

 

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

 

“Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”

 

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.”

 

“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.”

 

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

 

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

 

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

 

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

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

 

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

 

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

 

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

 

“The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

 

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

 

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

 

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.”

 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

 

“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.”

 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

 

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”

 

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

 

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

 

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

 

“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.”

 

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”

 

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

 

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

 

“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.”

 

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

 

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

 

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

 

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.”

 

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

 

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

 

“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.”

 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

 

“Many times, a day I realize how much my outer and inner life is based upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how much I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

 

“All of one’s contemporaries and aging friends are living in a delicate balance, and one feels that one’s own consciousness is no longer as brightly lit as it once was. But then, twilight with its more subdued colors has its charms as well.”

 

“To see with one’s own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day, to be able to express what one has seen and felt in a trim sentence or even in a cunningly wrought word – is that not glorious? Is it not a proper subject for congratulation?”

 

“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.”

 

“A person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings, and aspirations to which he clings because of their superpersonal value.”

 

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I received and am still receiving.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and full in feeling.”

 

“I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifest itself in nature.”

 

“The only thing I did was this: in long intervals I have expressed an opinion on public issues whenever they appeared to me so bad and unfortunate that silence would have made me feel guilty of complicity.”

 

“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 one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.”

 

“There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.”

 

“May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul.”

 

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”

 

“What depressed me most is, of course, the misfortune of my poor parents who have not had a happy moment for so many years. What further hurts deeply is that as an adult man, I have to look on without being able to do anything.”

 

“After receiving a distinction from Chicago Decalogue Society: How unfortunate a state must a community find itself if it cannot produce a more suitable candidate upon whom to confer such a distinction?”

 

“The satisfaction of physical needs is indeed the indispensable precondition of a satisfactory existence, but in itself it is not enough. In order to be content, men must also have the possibility of developing their intellectual and artistic powers to whatever extent accords with their personal characteristics and abilities.”

 

“Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest.”

 

“I just read a wonderful paper by Lenard on the generation of cathode rays by ultraviolet light. Under the influence of this beautiful piece, I am filled with such happiness and joy that I absolutely must share some of it with you.”

 

“As for the words of warm praise addressed to me, I shall carefully refrain from disputing them. For who still believes that there is such a thing as genuine modesty? I should run the risk of being taken for just an old hypocrite.”

 

“For a place to be born in, the house is pleasant enough, because on that occasion one makes no great aesthetic demands; instead one begins life screaming at one’s dear ones, without bothering too much about reasons and circumstances.”

 

“On the mysterious: It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.”

 

“Sometimes the only thought that sustains me and is my only refuge from despair is that I have always done everything I could within my small power, and that year in, year out, I have never permitted myself any amusements or diversions except those afforded by my studies.”

 

“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.”

 

“I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or team work. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or state, to my circle of friends, or even to my own family. These ties have always been accompanied by a vague aloofness, and the wish to withdraw into myself increases with the years.”

 

“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 important.”

 

“I gang my own gait 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 an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude – a feeling which increases with the years.”

 

“One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”

 

“I simply enjoy giving more than receiving in every respect, to not take myself nor the doings of the masses seriously, am not ashamed of my weaknesses and vices, and naturally take things as they come with equanimity and humor. Many people are like this, and I really cannot understand why I have been made into a kind of idol.”

 

“What a strange thing must be a girl’s soul! Do you really believe that you could find permanent happiness through others, even if this be the one and only beloved man? I know this sort of animal personally, from my own experience as I am one of them myself. Not too much should be expected from them, this I know quite exactly. Today we are sullen, tomorrow high-spirited, after tomorrow cold, then again irritated and half-sick of life. And so, it goes.”

 

“Of course, understanding of our fellow-beings is important. But this understanding becomes fruitful only when it is sustained by sympathetic feeling in joy and in sorrow. The cultivation of this most important spring of moral action is that which is left of religion when it has been purified of the elements of superstition.”

 

“My mother and sister seem somewhat petty and philistine to me, despite the sympathy I feel for them. It is interesting how gradually our life changes us in the very subtleties of our soul, so that even the closest of family ties dwindle into habitual friendship. Deep inside we no longer understand one another, and are incapable of actively empathizing with the other, or knowing what emotions move the other.”

 

“Desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive, but the desire to be acknowledged as better, stronger or more intelligent than a fellow being or fellow scholar easily leads to an excessively egoistic psychological adjustment.”

 

“A man’s 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.”

 

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