Albert Einstein

Albert
Einstein
1879
1955

German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher

Author Quotes

To be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must above all be a sheep.

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.

Time is an illusion.

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.

Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.

Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a skeptical world, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered wide through the world and through the centuries. Only one who has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people.

This world is a dangerous place to live, not because people are evil, but because the people did not care.

Those instrumental goods which should serve to maintain the life and health of all human beings should be produced by the least possible labor of all.

This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!

This is a question too difficult for a mathematician. It should be asked of a philosopher (when asked about completing his income tax form)

There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.

There is nothing divine about morality; it is a purely human affair.

There is nothing known as Perfect. It

There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to people of white skin.... The more I feel like an American, the more the situation pains me.

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.

There is far too great a disproportion between what one is and what others think one is, or at least what they say they think one is.

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.

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

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

The world is not threatened by people who are evil, but of those who allow evil.

Author Picture
First Name
Albert
Last Name
Einstein
Birth Date
1879
Death Date
1955
Bio

German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher