I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world. So long as they don’t get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me. Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man. A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. In my experience, the best creative work is never done when one is unhappy.
Quotes By Albert Einstein To the extent math refers to reality, we are not certain; to the extent we are certain, math does not refer to reality. Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Never lose a holy curiosity. In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny. The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. 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. The only real valuable thing is intuition. The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity. Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.
Quotes By Albert Einstein The led must not be compelled, they must be able to choose their own leader. Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms. Watch the stars, and from them learn. To the Master’s honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton’s ground. Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations.
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 — then it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity! Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. The more I study physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to a country, a state, nor to a circle of friends, nor even to my own family. Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler. Two things are infinite the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
Quotes By Albert Einstein Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world. We scientists recognize our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citi By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction. 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. The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up. I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy. 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.
Quotes By Albert Einstein Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak. Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. The human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things. Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. When I am judging a theory, I ask myself whether, if I were God, I would have arranged the world in such a way. When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of the globe, he doesn’t realize that the track he has covered is curved. I was lucky enough to have spotted it. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself. 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 Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen. Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God. The idea of a Being who interferes with the sequence of events in the world is absolutely impossible.
Quotes By Albert Einstein I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? Two things inspire me to awe – the starry heavens above and the moral universe within. The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
The words of language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The physical entities which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images. 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 process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder. Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few; lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants. Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Quotes By Albert Einstein Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth To me the worst thing seems to be a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject. If God has created the world, his primary worry was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. God does not play dice with the universe. When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity. If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes. We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
Quotes By Albert Einstein 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. At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. It is only to the individual that a soul is given. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. To the Master’s honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton’s ground. Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. The mystical trend of our time, which shows itself particularly in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism, is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion. Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning. The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal. E = mc2 Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all. Understanding of our fellow human beings…becomes fruitful only when it is sustained by sympathetic feelings in joy and sorrow.
Quotes By Albert Einstein You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them! To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
They come into being not through demonstration but through revelation, through the medium of powerful personalities. Not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. 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 Enjoying the joys of others and suffering with them – these are the best guides for man.