Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc². 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 evolution of quantum theory.
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A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
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.
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.
As the circle of light increases, so does the circumference of darkness around it.
Before God we are equally wise and equally foolish.
But could not our situation be compared to one of a menacing epidemic? People are unable to view this situation in its true light, for their eyes are blinded by passion. General fear and anxiety create hatred and aggressiveness. The adaptation to warlike aims and activities has corrupted the mentality of man; as a result, intelligent, objective and humane thinking has hardly any effect and is even suspected and persecuted as unpatriotic.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.
Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as [Gandhi] ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.
God does not play dice with the universe.
God is a scientist, not a magician.
God is clever, but not dishonest.
God may be subtle, but He isn't plain mean.
Great spirits have always encountered violent oppostion from mediocre minds.
Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action!
How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.
How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
I never think of the future.
I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details.
If A is a success in life, than A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Information is not knowledge.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
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. THAT'S relativity.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenatrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties - this knowledge, this feeling ... that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself amoung profoundly religious men.
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.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
The important thing is to never stop questioning.
The laws of gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
The man who regards life as meaningless is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified for life.
The more I study science, the more I believe in God.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
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.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty...this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
When asked to describe radio: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
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 my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...no we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.