The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
One needn't be a crank to miss the scientific boat. The very paragon of genius, Albert Einstein, couldn't be persuaded to give quantum physics his unreserved endorsement. Here is Einstein's 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 doesn't play dice.
Lasting harmony with a woman (was) an undertaking in which I twice failed rather disgracefully.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
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.
Long hair minimizes the need for barbers socks can be done without one leather jacket solves the coat problem for many years suspenders are superfluous.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
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 dis
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. The religion which based on experience, which refuses dogmatic. If there's any religion that would cope the scientific needs it will be Buddhism....
It is appallingly obvious our technology has exceeded our humanity
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.
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live
Before God we are equally wise and equally foolish.
Whatever there is of God and goodness in the universe, it must work itself out and express itself through us. We cannot stand aside and let God do it.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society because under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Here I am, just an actress with nothing to say and crowds of people turn up to see me. Yet here is Einstein and the only person who turns up for him is myself.
Know where to find the information and how to use it - That's the secret of success.
Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelationship of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to form in the social life of man.
It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.
One 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.
Stephen Hawking - Albert Einstein - Werner Heisenberg - Roger Penrose - Niels Bohr - Murray Gell-Mann - Ilya Prigogine - Hermann von Helmholtz - Enrico Fermi - Chen Ning Yang