Albert Einstein Quotes
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God.
'The Human Side', 1954
Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.
Statement, England, September 15, 1933
They want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.
In response to his wife who asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador.
People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
In a letter to Otto Juliusburger
A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.
"Atomic Education Urged By Einstein", The New York Times, May 25, 1946.
A doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress.
A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. 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. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty...We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; 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.
America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice.
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.
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained - and that's our present universe.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a [person] does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their intelligence.
Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger.
He who finds though that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear.
He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune intoned in the distance by an invisible player.
Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.
I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of intellectually and ethically valuable people.
I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.
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.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.
If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
I hate crowds and making speeches. I hate facing cameras and having to answer to a crossfire of questions. Why popular fancy should seize upon me, a scientist, dealing in abstract things and happy if left alone, is a manifestation of mass psychology that is beyond me.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.
I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
In my opinion the answer to this question is, briefly, this: – As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
It is not by sitting still at a grand distance and calling the human race larvae that men are to be helped.
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
MacMillan has this particular quote simply as "God doesn't play dice." and notes that it is often quoted as doesn't play dice with the universe.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.
Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old One. In any case I am convinced that He doesn't play dice.
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Religion is concerned with man's attitude toward nature at large, with the establishing of ideals for the individual and communal life, and with mutual human relationship.
Science not only purifies the religious impulse of the dross of its anthropomorphism but also contributes to a religious spiritualization of our understanding of life.
Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.
Strange is our situation here upon this earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose.
Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have give me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.
The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
There are only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.
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.
The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
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.
To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It's futile to gaze at the world through a car window.
We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.
When the expected course of everyday life is interrupted, we are like shipwrecked people on a miserable plank in the open sea, having forgotten where they came from and not knowing whither they are drifting.
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's relativity.
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.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity ... no we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
Black holes are where God divided by zero.
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.
Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me.
Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I want to know God's thoughts... the rest are details.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.