Albert Einstein


German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher

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The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

The question that often drives me hazy, am I or the others crazy?

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.

The power of faith is demonized enemies of the truth.

The physicist's greatest tool is his wastebasket.

The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.

The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.

The perfection of means and the confusion of ends seems to be our problem.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

The only thing that gets in the way of my learning is my education.

The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.

The only thing certain in this world is uncertainty.

The note of the science without religion is lame, and religion is a religion without science is blind.

The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

The most practical solution is a good theory.

The most important question a person can ask is,

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. To make this a living force and bring it to clear consciousness is perhaps the foremost task of education. The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.

The most amazing thing about the world is that we understand it.

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.

The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

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.

The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.

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German-born American Physicist, Humanitarian, Philosopher