Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
  • Born: March 14, 1879
  • Died: April 18, 1955
  • Nationality: German, Swiss, American
  • Profession: Physicist

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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).:274 His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.

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Ashley Montague; Israel Ehrenberg International law only exists in textbooks on international law.
Jeremiah Joseph Callahan Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him in to all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night.
Jeremiah Joseph Callahan Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night.
Andre Gide Since Germany seems bent upon getting rid of her brains, could not France offer to take in that “gray matter” that our neighbours seem to scorn? Could not the French government, above and beyond politics, offer Einstein, forced into exile by Germany, a chair in the College de France …
Albert Einstein I wouldn’t be Einstein if I kept quiet.
Life Magazine … a dupe and fellow traveler
Paul Robeson We talked of the growing shadows that are being cast over our thoughts here at home.
Walter Gross The so-called theories of Einstein are merely the ravings of a mind polluted with liberal, democratic nonsense which is utterly unacceptable …
Nikola Tesla Einstein’s relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists.
Nikola Tesla To cause at will the birth and death of matter would be man's grandest deed
Erwin Schrodinger I hope you have not seriously taken amiss my certainly quite cowardly statements…. I wanted to remain free and could not do so without great duplicity.
Fitz-Hugh Ludlow We might be allowed to... assert that because our only cognitions of matter are cognitions of force, matter in the scientific sense is force.
Sean Carroll You don’t make progress in science by finding things that are right. You make progress by finding things that are wrong. You won’t win the Nobel Prize by showing Einstein was right. You win the prize by showing that he was wrong.
Benn Steil Like another great mind of his time, Albert Einstein, Keynes had a preternatural ability to see relationships between complex phenomena entirely differently than generations of experts before him.
Laurie Garrett Einstein’s revolutionary theories helped unravel the secrets of the cosmos. They also led to the atomic bomb.
Erik Erikson Albert Einstein had learned to look into cameras as if he were meeting the eyes of the future beholders of his image.
Anonymous Committee of German Scientists for the Preservation of Pure Scholarship
Thomas A. Edison I don’t think anything about Einstein’s theory because I don’t understand it.
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… all that loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth. Miscellaneous
A woman should be able to choose to have an abortion up to a certain point in pregnancy. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
A world authority and an eventual world state are not just desirable in the name of brotherhood, they are necessary for survival. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All our scientific progress is like an axe in the hands of a madman. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. Development & Growth
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Anti-Semitism is strong here and political reaction is violent. Discrimination & Prejudice
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I will live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule. . . . These conditions do not exist in Germany at the present time. Equality & Equal Opportunity
As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable. War & Peace
Enduring peace will come about, not by countries continuing to threaten another, but only through an honest effort to create mutual trust. War & Peace
Even a conscientious person cannot reach reasonable political conclusions without trustworthy, factual information. Miscellaneous
Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to refuse to testify. Citizenship & Patriotism
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Freedom & Liberty
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 opinion. Public Opinion & Polling
Force always attracts men of low morality ... tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. Power
Funny people, these Germans. To them I am a stinking flower, yet they make me into a boutonniere time and time. Miscellaneous
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how passionately I hate them! Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Hitler is living on the empty stomach of Germany …. Better political insight has a hard time winning as long as there is little prospect of filling the stomach. History
Homosexuality should not be punishable except to protect children. Freedom & Liberty
How much do I love that noble man More than I could tell with words I fear though he'll remain alone With a holy halo of his own. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Philosophy
I always admired Niels Bohr for uttering his opinions like one perpetually groping and never like one in the possession of definite truth. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I am a deeply religious unbeliever. Religion & God
I am, as a human being, an opponent of nationalism, but as a Jew, I am from today a supporter of the Zionist effort States. Nations & Nationhood
I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind. Religion & God
I cannot understand the passive response of the whole civilized world to this modem barbarism. Doesn't the world see that Hitler is aiming for war? War & Peace
I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth—rocks! War & Peace
I first discovered the Jewish People in America. I have seen any number of Jews, but the Jewish People I never met in Berlin or elsewhere in Germany. This Jewish People that I found in America came from … Eastern Europe generally. These men and women still retain a healthy ethnic feeling. It has not yet been destroyed by the process of atomization and dispersion. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I hadn’t thought of that. Energy ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I have reached the conviction that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. Reasons: (1) Irreversibility in the event of an error in justice; (2) detrimental moral influence on those who have to carry out the procedure. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I think we have to safeguard ourselves against people who are a menace to others, quite apart from what may have motivated their deeds. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I wouldn’t be Einstein if I kept quiet. Miscellaneous
If only I had known, I would have become a watchmaker. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world Miscellaneous
In another war the bombs will be plentiful and they will be comparatively cheap. Unless there is a determination not to use them that is stronger than can be noted today among American political and military leaders, and on the part of the public itself, atomic warfare will be hard to avoid.... Arms Race & Disarmament
It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character. Human Nature
It is not enough for a handful of experts to attempt the solution of a problem, to solve it and then to apply it. The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment. Secrecy & Transparency
It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share. It is time to go. Miscellaneous
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It’s all right that you do not understand my Theory of Relativity. I do not understand your Theory of Normalcy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty, there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population. Freedom & Liberty
Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population. Freedom & Liberty
Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government. United Nations
My political ideal is democracy. Democracies & Republics
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Government ;Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts Management & Managing Government
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws that cannot be enforced. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One cannot abolish only a single weapon, but only war as a whole. Arms Race & Disarmament
One strength of the Communist system ... is that it has some of the characteristics of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion. Miscellaneous
Only through perils and upheavals can Nations be brought to further developments. May the present upheavals lead to a better world. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Party membership is a thing for which no citizen is obligated to give an accounting. Political Parties & Machines
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. War & Peace
Perhaps I did use such philosophy earlier, and also wrote it, but it is nonsense all the same. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Physicists find themselves in a position not unlike that of Alfred Nobel. Alfred Nobel invented an explosive more powerful than any then known—an exceedingly effective means of destruction. To atone for this "accomplishment" and to relieve his conscience he instituted his awards for the promotion of peace. Today, the physicists who participated in producing the most formidable weapon of all time are harassed by a similar feeling of responsibility, not to say guilt. As scientists, we must never cease to warn against the danger created by these weapons. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Politically, I hated Germany from my youth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Politics are for the moment. An equation is for eternity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perennially rejuvenated illusions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is for the moment. My equation is for eternity. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibility. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Science has brought forth this danger [the atomic bomb], but the real problem is in the minds and hearts of men. Human Nature
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Segregation is a disease of white people, not of colored people. Discrimination & Prejudice
Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future .... This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs .... A single bomb of this type, carried by boat or exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Spooky action at a distance. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
That is simple my friend,: because politics is more difficult than physics Energy ;Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Social Sciences
That is simple my friend. Because politics is more complicated than physics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. Power
The attempt to combine wisdom with power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. Power
the Bible is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently Religion & God
The creation of a United States of Europe is a necessity if one considers the economic and technical situation. States. Nations & Nationhood
The current investigations are an incomparably greater danger to our society than those few Communists in the country ever could be. These investigations have already undermined to a considerable extent the democratic character of our society. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The destiny of civilized humanity depends more than ever on the moral forces it is capable of generating. Human Nature
The distinctions separating the social classes are false, in the last analysis they rest on force. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The great scientist was offered the Presidency of the young state of Israel:] I am deeply moved ..., though also sad and abashed that it is impossible for me to accept this offer. Since all my life I have been dealing with the world of objects. I have neither the natural ability nor the experience necessary to deal with human beings and to carry out official functions. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. Taxes
The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them Miscellaneous
The people of Northern Italy are the most civilized people I have ever met. Human Nature
The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion. Public Opinion & Polling
The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The Russians … want to give me a Peace Prize, but I have turned it down. Miscellaneous
The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The undignified mania of adaptive conformity, exhibited by many of my kinsmen, has always been very repulsive to me. Human Nature
The worst disease from which the society of our nation suffers is . . . the treatment of the Negro. Discrimination & Prejudice
There are certain restrictive parts of a woman’s constitution that that were given her by nature and which forbid us from applying the same standard of expectation to women as to men. Minorities & Women
There are two things that are infinite: The universe and human folly. And sometimes I am not sure about the universe. Human Nature
Through the reading of popular science books, I soon reached the conviction that much of the stories in the Bible could not be true. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself. Power
Today the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking... Never before was it possible for one nation to make war on another without sending armies across borders. Now with rockets and atomic bombs no center of population on the earth's surface is secure from surprise destruction in a single attack.... We cannot leave it to generals, senators, and diplomats to work out a solution over a period of generations… There is no defense in science against the weapon which can destroy civilization. Our defense is not in armaments, nor in science, nor in going underground. Our defense is in law and order… Future thinking must prevent wars. War & Peace
Very few women are creative. I would not send a daughter of mine to study physics. Minorities & Women
Whosoever fails to take small matters seriously in the spirit of truth, cannot be trusted in greater affairs. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Within the Russian system, everything depends on the character of those few who hold full power in their hands. The position of the individual within present-day Russia has been described as follows: far-reaching economic security by sacrificing personal liberty. Power
Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community. Development & Growth
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Happiness & Unhappiness
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. Society
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Truth
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. Religion & God ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. Religion & God
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. Humor
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.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. Respect
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
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.
Force always attracts men of low morality. Power
God always takes the simplest way. Religion & God
God does not play dice. Religion & God
God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. Religion & God
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
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. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them! Citizenship & Patriotism
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion. Religion & God
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. War & Peace
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. Life
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty. Religion & God
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.
I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. Religion & God
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. Future ;War & Peace
I have just got a new theory of eternity. Time
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. War & Peace
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. Future
I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world. Religion & God
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Time ;Failure
I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.
I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly. Life ;Time
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details. Religion & God
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Hope
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. Truth
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Life
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Truth
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
Information is not knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Death
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. War & Peace
It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
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. Nature ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion. Religion & God
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Nature ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Hope
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. Respect
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Life
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Nature
Love is a better teacher than duty. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God. Religion & God
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe. Music, Chants & Rapps
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. Religion & God
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Never lose a holy curiosity.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. Respect ;Government
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. Nature
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
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. Religion & God
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Life
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.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Nature
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. War & Peace
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Literature, Writers & Writing
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Success
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. Power ;Religion & God
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. Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Future
The environment is everything that isn't me. Environment & Environmentalism
The faster you go, the shorter you are.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. Death
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax. Money, Coins & Minting
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
The man of science is a poor philosopher. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Life
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. Time
The only source of knowledge is experience. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Truth
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. War & Peace
The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. Future ;Power
The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
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.
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.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
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.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. Religion & God
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Success
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Religion & God ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. Nature
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
When the solution is simple, God is answering. Religion & God
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. Humor
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Truth ;Trust
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth
Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. Life
You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. War & Peace
You can't blame gravity for falling in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex