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    us."The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the

    fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as

    good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."--"The World As I See It," originally published in FORUM AND CENTURY,

    1931."Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become

    a man of value."--quoted by William Miller, Lifemagazine. May 2, 1955.

    "Small is the number that see with their own eyes

    and feel with their own hearts."--Albert Einstein.

    "I'm enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Imagination is moreimportant than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the

    world."--Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck, October 26, 1929. Reprinted in "Glimpses

    of the Great" (1930).
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    "The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks"--from a letter to Heinrich Zangger, May 20, 1912. AEA 39-655.

    "A man must learn to understand the motives of human beings, their illusions,and their sufferings."

    --from an interview in the New York Times, September 1952.

    "Curiosity is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, stands mainly

    in need of freedom"--Autobiographical Notes. 1949.

    "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of Truth and

    Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."--contribution to a publication commemorating the eightieth birthday of German

    rabbi and theologian Leo Baeck, 1953."I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not

    know if I am.--G.S. Viereck interview, October 26, 1929, reprinted in "Glimpses of the Great"

    (1930)."A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell

    too much on the future."--CPAE, Vol 1., Doc 22, 1896."The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for

    existing. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of

    eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries

    merely to comprehend a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is

    not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity."

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    --from statement to William Miller, as quoted in LIFE magazine (2 May 1955)."The most important endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our

    inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our

    actions can give beauty and dignity for life"--Einstein, a Portrait, p. 102.

    "The monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind"--Speech "Civilization and Science," at Royal Albert Hall, London, 1933.

    "Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with theaspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however,

    springs from the sphere of religion...The situation may be expressed by an image:

    science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind"--SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY, AND RELIGION: A SYMPOSIUM, 1941."Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

    The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow

    blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinionscourageously and honestly."

    --letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College

    of the City of New York, defending the controversial appointment of Bertrand

    Russell to a teaching position, March 19, 1940."What can the schools do to defend democracy? Should they preach a specific

    political doctrine? I believe they should not. If they are able to teach young

    people to have a critical mind and a socially oriented attitude, they will havedone all that is necessary."

    --message to the New Jersey Education Association, Atlantic City, 1939.

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    "It would be better if you begin to teach others only after you yourself have

    learned something."--quote from Einstein Archive 25-044, 1928.

    "Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi's views were the most

    enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in

    his spirit...not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation

    in what we believe is evil."--United Nations radio interview recorded in Einstein's study, Princeton, New

    Jersey, 1950.

    "Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the workof many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every

    country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order

    that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your

    children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which

    we create in common."--address to a group of children, 1934.

    "I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years ofmaturity"

    --quote from Out of My Later Years, p. 13."I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither

    myself nor the next person seriously."--quote from Einstein Archive 60-587, 1950." is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For

    they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life."--letter to Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh-Onne's widow, February 25, 1926;

    Einstein Archive 14-389.

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    "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 in a

    liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind

    to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks."--1921, on Thomas Edison's opinion that a college education is useless; quoted in

    Frank,Einstein: His Life and Times, p. 185."Science will stagnate if it is made to serve practical goals."

    --Quoted in Nathan and Norden, Einstein on Peace, p. 402.

    "After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend tocoalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always

    artists as well."--Remark made in 1923; recalled by Archibald Henderson, Durham MorningHerald, August 21, 1955; Einstein Archive 33-257."I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am

    obligated to feed on it regularly."--Albert Einstein

    "The most precious things in life are not those you get for money."--Ladies Home J ournal. December 1946.

    "Good acts are like good poems. One may easily get their drift, but they are not

    rationally understood."--quote to Maurice Solovine, April 9, 1947.

    "One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a

    high-sounding name."

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    --quote to Maurice Solovine, spring 1923."It is not so important where one settles down. The best thing is to follow your

    instincts without too much reflection."--quote to Max Born, March 3, 1920.

    "I believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically

    and mentally."--quote from "The World as I See It" (1930), reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 8.

    "Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory."--quote from R.W. Clark., Einstein "The Life and Times" 268."...The ideals which have guided my way, and time after time have given me the

    energy to face life, have been kindness, beauty, and truth."--quote from "The World as I See It" (1930). Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 9.

    "All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking."--quote from "Physics and Reality" (1936), reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 290.

    "God gave me the stubbornness of a mule and a fairly keen scent."--quote from G.J. Whitrow, Einstein: The Man and His Achievement, 91.

    "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let

    him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's

    relativity."--quote from Journal of Exothermic Science and Technology (JEST, Vol. 1, No.

    9; 1938).

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    "I have remained a simple fellow who asks nothing of the world; only my youth

    is gone - the enchanting youth that forever walks on air."--quote to Anna Meyer-Schmid, May 12, 1909."A scientist is a mimosa when he himself has made a mistake, and a roaring lion

    when he discovers a mistake of others."--quote from Ehlers, Liebes Hertz!, 45.

    "The true value of a human being is determined primarily by how he has

    attained liberation from the self."--quote from Einstein Archive 60-492, 1932; published in Mein Weltbild.

    "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the "Universe," a part

    limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as

    something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his

    consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our

    personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must

    be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to

    embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."--quoted in H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977).

    "The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life

    of every living thing nobler and more beautiful..."--quoted in Ehlers, Liebes Hertz!, 162.

    "One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an

    instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts."--quote to Walter Daellenbach, May 31, 1915.

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    "I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its

    thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy."--Albert Einstein (quoted by Philipp Frank in "Einstein's Philosophy of Science,"

    Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol 21, No. 3 July 1949."Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

    --quote toThe New York Times, June 20, 1932. AEA 29-041

    "Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do-but gravitation

    cannot be held responsible for it."--quote to Fred Wall, 1933.

    "Work is the only thing that gives substance to life."--quote to son Hans Albert, January 4, 1937."Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

    --To Margot Einstein, after his sister's Maja's death, 1951; quote by HannaLoewy in A&E Television Einstein Biography, VPI International, 1991.

    " and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of man - though often it is most

    loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least."--quote from The Goal of Human Existence, April 11, 1943. [AEA 28-587]

    "I am also convinced that one gains the purest joy from spirited things onlywhen they are not tied in with earning one's livelihood."--quote to L. Manners, March 19, 1954. [AEA 60-401]

    "Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me."

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    --quote from New York Times, March 12, 1944

    "It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired

    with an unsavory character."--quote to Jacob Laub, May 19, 1909 [AEA 15-480]

    "True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."--quote to Ernst Bloch, November 15, 1950 [AEA 34-332]

    "I have firmly decided to bite the dust with a minimum of medical assistance

    when my time comes, and up to then to sin to my wicked heart's content."--Letter to Elsa Einstein, August 11, 1913; CPAE, Vol. 5, Doc. 466

    "Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger

    generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life."--Letter to Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh-Onne's widow, February 25, 1926;

    [AEA 14-389]"Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not

    knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose."--quote from "My Credo," 1932. [AEA 28-218]

    "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."--quote by Ernst Straus, in French, Einstein: A Centenary Volume, p. 32.

    "Music does not influenceresearch work, but both are nourished by the same

    sort of longing, and they complement each other in the release they offer."--letter to Paul Plaut, October 23, 1928; Einstein Archive 28-065; quoted in

    Dukas and Hoffmann, Albert Einstein, the Human Side, p. 78.

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    "Never regard your study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to

    know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own

    personal job and to the profit of the community to which your later work

    belongs."--In the Princeton freshman publicationThe Dink, 1933; quoted in DonOberdorfer,Princeton: The First 250 Years (Princeton University Press, 1955), p.127.

    "Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions."--Letter to E. Mulder, April 1954; Einstein Archive 60-609.

    "Children don't heed the life experiences of their parents, and nations ignore

    history. Bad lessons always have to be learned anew."--Aphorism, October 12, 1923; Einstein Archive 36-589.

    "Science will stagnate if it is made to serve practical goals."--Quoted in Nathan and Norden, Einstein on Peace, p.402."In one's youth every person and every event appear to be unique. With age one

    becomes much more aware that similar events recur. Later on, one is less often

    delighted or surprised, but also less disappointed than in earlier years."--Letter to Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, January 3, 1954; Einstein Archive 32-


    "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it."--Letter to an admirer, March 22, 1954; quoted in Dukas and Hoffmann, AlbertEinstein, the Human Side, p.44.

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