Albert Einstein Quotations

-A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of 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 the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

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

-I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.

-The true value of a human being can be found in degrees to which he has attained liberation from the self.

-My whole life has been a pursuit to reach the absolute immutable Truth that sustains this universe which is mutable and therefore illusory.

-A man’s value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.

-The scientist’s religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all systematic thinking and acting of human beings is utterly insignificant.

-The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

-A person starts to live when he can live outside of himself.

-Many times a day I realize how much my own inner and outer life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.

-There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

-Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

-God doesn’t play dice with the universe. (see Stephen Hawking)

-The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the Old One. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.

-Every child is born a genius. (See Buckminster Fuller)

-When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

-Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it (religion) should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.

-Have you decided whether or not the universe is a friendly place?

-There are moments when one feels free from one’s own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only Being.

-Do you remember how electrical currents and “unseen waves” were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.

-He who joyfully marches 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.

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

-The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

-Keep it simple; as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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

-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.

-You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

-When the solution is simple, God is answering.

-He who finds a thought that enables him to obtain a slightly deeper glimpse into the eternal secrets of nature has been given great grace.

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

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

-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.

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

-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.

-Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest.

-The most important human endeavour is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. To make this a living force and bring it to clear consciousness is perhaps the foremost task of education.

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

-What does a fish know about the water in which it swims all its life?

-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.

-If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

-May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened, so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers!

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

-It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry; for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom.

-Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

-Great spirits will always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.

-Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.

-I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.

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

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

-My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.

-Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

-To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.

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

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

-Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.

-Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size.

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

-Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.

-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 scholar 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.

-The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.

-It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

-For scientific endeavor is a natural whole the parts of which mutually support one another in a way which, to be sure, no one can anticipate.

-Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.

-In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them thither.

-The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.

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