Albert Einstein Quotes on Thought & Thinking (19 Quotes)


    We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

    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.

    Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.

    The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

    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.


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

    These thoughts did not come in any verbal formulation. I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterward.

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

    The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

    The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

    You can't solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it.

    We already know that the world is far more complex, and strange, and beautiful than we thought.

    Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.

    There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.

    But the creative principle resides in mathematics. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.

    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.

    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.

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

    The words of language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The physical entities which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images.


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