Due to his brilliance, Albert Einstein was often called upon to offer opinions on many topics beyond the realm of physics. This accounts for the wide range of inspired quotations attributed to him.
Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955), the famous theoretical physicist, developed the theory of relativity and is considered the father of modern physics. The nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer shared his impressions of Einstein by saying, "He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness . . . There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn."
I think this sense of wonder mixed with native intelligence comes through so clearly in Einstein's best quotations. Enjoy!
Best Quotes from Albert Einstein
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
“Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.”
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
“The splitting of the atom has changed everything except for how we think.”
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“A human being is part of a whole called by us the universe.”
“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.”
“If there is any religion which would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
“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 table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.”
“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”
“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.”
“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”
“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.”
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
“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.”
“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”
“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.”
“Information is not knowledge.”
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”
"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."
Upon refusing surgery at the age of 76, he said: "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."
These quotes reveal Einstein as a person who clearly cared about the human heart, the health of the planet and the wonders of this magnificent universe.
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