Albert Einstein Quotes
"It is a magnificent feeling to recognize the unity of complex phenomena which appear to be things quite apart from the direct visible truth."
"The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle."
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." A large part of history is replete with the struggle for human rights, an eternal struggle in which final victory can never be won. But to tire in that struggle would mean the ruin of society.
"If the possibility of the spiritual development of all individuals is to be secured, a second kind of outward freedom is necessary. The development of science and of the creative activities of the spirit in general requires still another kind of freedom, which may be characterized as inward freedom. It is this freedom of the spirit which consists in the interdependence of thought from the restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices as well as from unphilosophical routinizing and habit in general. This inward freedom is an infrequent gift of nature and a worthy object for the individual."
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."
" The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."
"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"
"Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels."
"There is a kind of compliance which is a crime against humanity, though it passes for political wisdom."
"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions."
"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."
"I cannot believe that God would choose to play dice with the universe."
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and 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."
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
"To me the worst thing seems to be a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject."
"Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love"
"Unless Americans come to realize that they are not stronger in the world because they have the bomb but weaker because of their vulnerability to atomic attack, they are not likely to conduct their policy at Lake Success [the United Nations] or in their relations with Russia in a spirit that furthers the arrival at an understanding. "
"A human being is part of a 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 us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; 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."
"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself."
"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others ."
"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while ."
"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler."
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."
"Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
"All our lauded technological progress -- our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal."
"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."