Albert Einstein Quotes (575 Quotes)



    It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.

    We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. And those who have an interest in keeping the machinery of war going are a very powerful body they will stop at nothing to make public opinion subservient to their murderous ends.

    The relativity principle in connection with the basic Maxwellian equations demands that the mass should be a direct measure of the energy contained in a body light transfers mass. With radium there should be a noticeable diminution of mass. The idea

    It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.


    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.

    Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

    Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.

    As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.


    Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

    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.

    Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance.


    Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.

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

    Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds.

    All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honestgood will exert upon events in the political field.

    Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.

    we can understand almost anything, but we can't understand how we understand


    The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.

    This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion.



    The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.

    While it is true that an inherently free and scrupulous person may be destroyed, such an individual can never be enslaved or used as a blind tool

    That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake a backbone was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed.

    The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who know it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out can.

    Why does this applied science, which saves work and makes life easier, bring us so little happiness The simple answer runs Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.


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    Stephen Hawking - Roger Penrose - Richard P. Feynman - Paul Dirac - Niels Bohr - J. Robert Oppenheimer - Ilya Prigogine - Enrico Fermi - Chen Ning Yang - Brian Greene


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