Over 180 Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics theory.

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He published more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works

These are some of his famous quotes

Albert Einstein Quotes 1

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.

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

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

Common sense invents and constructs no less than its own field than science does in its domain. It is, however, in the nature of common sense not to be aware of this situation.

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

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

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

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

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.

Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

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

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

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.

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.

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

The environment is everything that isn’t me.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Love is a better teacher than duty.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

It was inevitable that in doing this I should arrive at new results, and it is perhaps understandable that in the end I have felt impelled to present these results not only in the dry form of a catalogue, but also in a more connected and personal one.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Force always attracts men of low morality.

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

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.

There is a strange kind of human being in whom there is an eternal struggle between body and soul, animal and god, for dominance. In all great men this mixture is striking, and in none more so than in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

God always takes the simplest way.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

To the Master’s honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton’s ground.

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

I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

The faster you go, the shorter you are.

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

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

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

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

God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.

Albert Einstein Quotes 2

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.

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

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.

Information is not knowledge.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

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.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

Never lose a holy curiosity.

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.

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

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

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

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.

God does not play dice.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Sometimes the picture that emerges of the man seems no longer to agree with our conception of the musician. In reality, however, there is a glorious unity.

I have just got a new theory of eternity.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

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.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

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

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

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

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.

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

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

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

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

Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

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

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

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.

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

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.