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  • 7/23/2019 Albert Einstein Quotes, important


    Albert Einstein Quotes

    Einstein was much more than just a math/science genius-- he was athinker in the most comprehensive sense of the word. I hope you

    enjoy this varied collection ofquotations from his writings andtalks!

    "I want to know ods thoughtsthe rest are details."

    "I am convinced that #e $od%does not play dice."

    "od is su&tle &ut he is notmalicious."

    "'cience without religion is lame.(eligion without science is &lind."

    ")ny intelligent fool can makethings &igger* more comple+* andmore violent. It takes a touch of

    genius -- and a lot of courage --to move in the opposite


    "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

    "ravitation is not responsi&le for people falling in love."

    ",he hardest thing in the world to understand is the income ta+."

    "(eality is merely an illusion* al&eit a very persistent one."

    ",he only real valua&le thing is intuition."

    ") person starts to live when he can live outside himself."

    "eakness of attitude &ecomes weakness of character."

    "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

    ",he eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensi&ility."

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    "'ometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."

    ")nyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anythingnew."

    "reat spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weakminds."

    "Everything should &e made as simple as possi&le* &ut not simpler."

    "ommon sense is the collection of prejudices acquired &y ageeighteen."

    "'cience is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn ones living

    at it."

    ",he secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

    ",he only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

    "od does not care a&out our mathematical difficulties. #e integratesempirically."

    ",he whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday


    ",echnological progress is like an a+e in the hands of a pathologicalcriminal."

    "eace cannot &e kept &y force. It can only &e achieved &yunderstanding."

    ",he most incomprehensi&le thing a&out the world is that it iscomprehensi&le."

    "e cant solve pro&lems &y using the same kind of thinking we usedwhen we created them."

    "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything helearned in school."

    ",he important thing is not to stop questioning. uriosity has its ownreason for e+isting."

    "0o not worry a&out your difficulties in 1athematics. I can assure youmine are still greater."

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    "Equations are more important to me* &ecause politics is for thepresent* &ut an equation is something for eternity."

    "If ) is a success in life* then ) equals + plus y plus 2. ork is + y isplay and 2 is keeping your mouth shut."

    ",wo things are infinite3 the universe and human stupidity and Im notsure a&out the the universe."

    ")s far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality* they are notcertain* as far as they are certain* they do not refer to reality."

    "hoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of ,ruth and4nowledge is shipwrecked &y the laughter of the gods."

    "I know not with what weapons orld ar III will &e fought* &ut orldar I5 will &e fought with sticks and stones."

    "In order to form an immaculate mem&er of a flock of sheep onemust* a&ove all* &e a sheep."

    ",he fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears* for theres norisk of accident for someone whos dead."

    ",oo many of us look upon )mericans as dollar chasers. ,his is acruel li&el* even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly &y the )mericansthemselves."

    "#eroism on command* senseless violence* and all the loathsomenonsense that goes &y the name of patriotism -- how passionately Ihate them!"

    "6o* this trick wont work...#ow on earth are you ever going to e+plainin terms of chemistry and physics so important a &iological

    phenomenon as first love7"

    "1y religion consists of a hum&le admiration of the illimita&le superiorspirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are a&le to perceivewith our frail and fee&le mind."

    "8es* we have to divide up our time like that* &etween our politics andour equations. 9ut to me our equations are far more important* forpolitics are only a matter of present concern. ) mathematicalequation tands forever."

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    ",he release of atom power has changed everything e+cept our wayof thinking...the solution to this pro&lem lies in the heart of mankind. Ifonly I had known* I should have &ecome a watchmaker."

    "reat spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.,he latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlesslysu&mit to hereditary prejudices &ut honestly and courageously useshis intelligence."

    ",he most &eautiful thing we can e+perience is the mysterious. It isthe source of all true art and all science. #e to whom this emotion isa stranger* who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt inawe* is as good as dead3 his eyes are closed."

    ") mans ethical &ehavior should &e &ased effectually on sympathy*education* and social ties no religious &asis is necessary. 1an wouldindeeded &e in a poor way if he had to &e restrained &y fear ofpunishment and hope of reward after death."

    ",he further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances* the morecertain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not liethrough the fear of life* and the fear of death* and &lind faith* &utthrough striving after rational knowledge."

    "6ow he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me.,hat means nothing. eople like us* who &elieve in physics* knowthat the distinction &etween past* present* and future is only astu&&ornly persistent illusion."

    "8ou see* wire telegraph is a kind of a very* very long cat. 8ou pull histail in 6ew 8ork and his head is meowing in :os )ngeles. 0o youunderstand this7 )nd radio operates e+actly the same way3 you sendsignals here* they receive them there. ,he only difference is thatthere is no cat."

    ";ne had to cram all this stuff into ones mind for the e+aminations*whether one liked it or not. ,his coercion had such a deterring effecton me that* after I had passed the final e+amination* I found theconsideration of any scientific pro&lems distasteful to me for an entireyear."

    " of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science isescape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless

    dreariness* from the fetters of ones own ever-shifting desires. ) finely

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    tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the worldof o&jective perception and thought."

    "#e who joyfully marches to music rank and file* has already earnedmy contempt. #e has &een given a large &rain &y mistake* since forhim the spinal cord would surely suffice. ,his disgrace to civili2ationshould &e done away with at once. #eroism at command* howviolently I hate all this* how despica&le and igno&le war is I wouldrather &e torn to shreds than &e a part of so &ase an action. It is myconviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing &ut an act ofmurder."

    ") human &eing is a part of a whole* called &y us universe* a partlimited in time and space. #e e+periences himself* his thoughts and

    feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of opticaldelusion of his consciousness. ,his delusion is a kind of prison forus* restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a fewpersons nearest to us. ;ur task must &e to free ourselves from thisprison &y widening our circle of compassion to em&race all livingcreatures and the whole of nature in its &eauty."

    "6ot everything that counts can &e counted* and not everything thatcan &e counted counts." $'ign hanging in Einsteins office atrinceton%

    ompiled &y* and copyright3 4evin #arris $may &e freelydistri&uted with this acknowledgement%


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