Albert Einstein

Albert
Einstein
1879
1955

German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher

Author Quotes

While I am a convinced pacifist there are circumstances in which I believe the use of force is appropriate - namely, in the face of an enemy unconditionally bent on destroying me and my people.

While it is true that scientific results are entirely independent from religious and moral considerations, those individuals to whom we owe the great creative achievements of science were all of them imbued with the truly religious conviction that this universe of ours is something perfect and susceptible to the rational striving for knowledge. If this conviction had not been a strongly emotional one and if those searching for knowledge had not been inspired by Spinoza's Amor Dei Intellectualis, they would hardly have been capable of that untiring devotion which alone enables man to attain his greatest achievements.

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.

Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.

When the Special Theory of Relativity began to germinate in me, I was visited by all sorts of nervous conflicts... I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.

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.

When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large scientific method in most cases fails. One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.

When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.

What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.

What is important in understanding science is not technology.

What is inconceivable about the universe is that it is at all conceivable.

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.

What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.

What I see in Nature is a grand design that we can understand only imperfectly, one with which a responsible person must look at with humility. This is a genuine religious feeling and has nothing to do with mysticism.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

We sleep one-third of our lives away.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we are born.

We must learn the difficult lesson that the future of Mankind will only be tolerable when our course, in world affairs as in others, is based upon justice and law rather than the threat of naked power.

We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.

We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.

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.

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First Name
Albert
Last Name
Einstein
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1955
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German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher