Albert Einstein Quotes (575 Quotes)


    Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.

    I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves - such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

    They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities.

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

    Please explain the problem to me slowly, as I do not understand things quickly.


    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.

    The discovery of nuclear chain reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind any more than did the discovery of matches. We only must do everything in our power to safeguard against its abuse. Only a supranational organization, equipped w.

    Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind

    I maintain that cosmic religiousness is the strongest and most noble driving force of scientific research.

    True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

    Human beings, vegetables, or comic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player

    The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

    With the affairs of active human beings it is different. Here knowledge of truth alone does not suffice on the contrary this knowledge must continually be renewed by ceaseless effort, if it is not to be lost. It resembles a statue of marble which st

    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.

    We found there were people doing acupuncture, meditation, naturopathy and other forms of alternative or complementary medicine ... but it was being done in a disorganized way,


    God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

    According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.

    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

    Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

    Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.

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

    We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

    But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.

    A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war.

    If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.


    Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all men are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all men ... shall we ... be able to speak of mankind as civilized.

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

    Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.

    You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.

    Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

    All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.

    I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

    Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.

    I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child. But 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.

    That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

    Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.

    Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.

    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.

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

    The highest principles for our aspirations and judgements are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. 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 aspira

    The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits.

    Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.

    A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

    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.

    Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.

    Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth.

    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.

    Out of the multitude of our sense experiences we take, mentally and arbitrarily, certain repeatedly occurring complexes of sense impression (partly in conjunction with sense impressions which are interpreted as signs for sense experiences of others), and we attribute to them a meaning the meaning of the bodily object.


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