The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
It is not the fruits of scientific research that elevate man and enrich his nature. but the urge to understand, the intellectual work, creative or receptive.
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.
You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this And radio operates exactly the same way you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.
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.
When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.
And yet so high, in spite of everything, is my opinion of the human race that I believe this bogey (War) would have disappeared long ago, had the sound sense of the nations not been systematically corrupted by commercial and political interests actin
An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.
A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms it is this knowledge and this feeling.
... Since I do not foresee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that it should b e. It may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs, which without the pressure of fear, it would not do.
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent
The most evident difference springs from the important part which is played in man by a relatively strong power of imagination and by the capacity to think, aided as it is by language and other symbolically devices.
God does not play dice.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
My life is a simple thing that would interest no one. It is a known fact that I was born and that is all that is necessary.
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.
Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.
Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse.
If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.
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.
M-Theory The Mother of All Superstrings.
Stephen Hawking - Niels Bohr - James Prescott Joule - J. Robert Oppenheimer - Ilya Prigogine - Hermann von Helmholtz - Freeman Dyson - Enrico Fermi - Chen Ning Yang - Brian Greene