If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. I don’t believe in mathematics. To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. If we knew what we were doing it wouldn’t be research. Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. Once you stop learning, you start dying. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Human beings, vegetables, or comic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality. God is clever, but not dishonest. So long as there are men there will be wars. Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
Albert Einstein Quotes All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us. It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer. All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them. 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. If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies… It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it. Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. To understand the world one must not be worrying about one’s self. 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. Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed. Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.
Albert Einstein Quotes Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever. The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. Truth is what stands the test of experience. The analogy I like is this: imagine being able to see the world but you are deaf, and then suddenly someone gives you the ability to hear things as well – you get an extra dimension of perception, 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. Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work… What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world. While it is true that an inherently free and scrupulous person may be destroyed, such an individual can never be enslaved or used as a blind tool. Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.
Albert Einstein Quotes I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.
Don’t listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is a magnificent feeling to recognize the unity of complex phenomena which appear to be things quite apart from the direct visible truth. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way. Black holes are where God divided by zero. 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. Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein Quotes It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. Never memorize something that you can look up. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion. Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count. Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.
Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
Albert Einstein Quotes I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. 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. Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds. Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound. I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves. Dancers are the athletes of God. There is not the slightest indication that (nuclear) energy will ever be obtainable Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow? The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything. Brilliant spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The true value of a human being can be found in degrees to which he has attained liberation from the self. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.
Albert Einstein Quotes Nothing happens until something moves. One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility. Lasting harmony with a woman (was) an undertaking in which I twice failed rather disgracefully. All our lauded technological progress – our very civilization – is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal. If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery. 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
Old Man’s Advice to Youth ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.’ No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing. Time is an illusion. A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days. Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.
Albert Einstein Quotes To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. Force always attracts men of low morality. Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed. When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large scientific method in most cases fails. We cannot despair of humanity, since we are ourselves human beings. Though our conduct seems so very different from that of the higher animals, the primary instincts are much alike in them and in us. The search for truth is more precious than its possession. Common sense is merely the deposit of prejudice laid down in the human mind before the age of 18. I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.