50 Wise Quotes by Albert Einstein

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50 Wise Quotes by Albert Einstein

Born in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical, considered one of the greatest minds and personalities in the history of the world.

Einstein developed the special and general theory of relativity, which revolutionized modern physics. In popular culture, Einstein is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (also known as “the world’s most famous equation”). In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize for physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect (a significant step in the evolution of quantum theory) and for contribution to the development of theoretical physics.

Other subjects of his research were: Theory of Brownian motion, Einstein field equations, Bose–Einstein statistics, Bose–Einstein condensate, Gravitational wave, Cosmological constant, Unified field theory and EPR paradox.

Einstein’s more important works include Special Theory of Relativity (1905), Relativity (1920), General Theory of Relativity (1916), Investigations on Theory of Brownian Movement (1926), and The Evolution of Physics (1938).

His scientific and intellectual achievements made the word “Einstein” a synonym for a man of high intelligence or genius.


Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.A scribbled response on a letter from Frank Wall (1933)


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.From the memoirs of William Miller, an editor, quoted in Life magazine (May 2, 1955)


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.'What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,' The Saturday Evening Post (October 26, 1929)


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.'Death of a Genius' in Life Magazine (May 2, 1955)


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.The New York Times (March 1929)


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Letter to Morris Raphael Cohen. Quoted in the New York Times (March 19, 1940)


Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.Essay to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (May 23, 1953)


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.'What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,' The Saturday Evening Post (October 26, 1929)


The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.'The World As I See It,' was originally published in Forum and Century, New York: Simon and Schuster (1931)


Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.Speech made in honor of Thomas Mann (January 1939)


Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.Emmy Noether, letter to the Editor of The New York Times (May 5, 1935)


Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.In answer to a question asked by the editors of Youth, a journal of Young Israel of Williamsburg, NY. Quoted in the New York Times (June 20, 1932)


People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.Letter to the family of his lifelong friend Michele Besso, after learning of his death (March 1955)


It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.Letter to Eduard Einstein (February 5, 1930)


A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space.Letter to Robert Marcus (February 12, 1950)


The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of every day thinking.'Physics and Reality', in the Journal of the Franklin Institute Vol. 221, No.3 (March 1936)


Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.Speech to the New History Society (December 14, 1930)


Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.'Morals and Emotions' (1938)


Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.Letter to Jost Winteler (1901)


Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas; he must burst it open, and that in his youth, and so try to test his ideas on reality.'Miscellaneous,' Cosmic Religion (1931)


Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. Speech to students at the California Institute of Technology, in 'Einstein Sees Lack in Applying Science,' The New York Times (February 16, 1931)


The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.'Does the Inertia of a Body Depend upon its Energy Content?,' Annalen der Physik 18 (1905)


The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.From 'Physics and Reality,' Journal of the Franklin Institute 221, No.3 (March 1936)


If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.Said to Samuel J. Woolf, Berlin (Summer 1929). Published in the New York Times (August 18, 1929)


It is easier to denature plutonium than it is to denature the evil spirit of man.'The Real Problem Is in the Hearts of Men,' The New York Times Magazine (June 23, 1946)


A happy man is too satisfied with the present to think too much about the future.Written at age seventeen for a school essay in French entitled 'My Future Plans' (September 18, 1896)


The difficulty is that the really good music, whether of the East or of the West, cannot be analyzed.From a conversation with Indian mystic, poet, and musician Rabindranath Tagore in Berlin (August 19, 1930)


Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he learned in school.'On Education' (1936)


The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.Einstein's tribute to Pablo Casals (March 30, 1953)


Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.'Three Letter to a Friend of Peace,' Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querida Verlag (1934)


Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.'What I Believe,' Forum and Century 84 (October 1930)


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.The quotation on a plaque in the astronomy building of Pasadena City College. Einstein dedicated the building and its observatory (February 26, 1931)


All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.Public Statement in England (September 15, 1933)


Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.'Science and Religion' (1939)


Sometimes one pays most for things one gets for nothing.'What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,' The Saturday Evening Post (October 26, 1929)


In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.Essay to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (May 23, 1953)


Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.Essay to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (May 23, 1953)


Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands the whole person.From a statement about Arturo Toscanini on the presentation of the American Hebrew Medal to him (1938)


Force always attracts men of low morality.'The World As I See It,' was originally published in Forum and Century, New York: Simon and Schuster (1931)


Words are and remain an empty sound, and the road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.'On Education' (1936)


People who fail to regard the truth seriously in small matters, cannot be trusted in matters that are great.From an undelivered message to the world, April 1955, intended to address the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Body and soul are not two different things, but only two different ways of perceiving the same thing.'Aphorism,' Huntington, New York (1937)


The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.In response to not knowing the speed of sound as included in the Edison Test: New York Times (May 18, 1921)


Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.'What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,' The Saturday Evening Post (October 26, 1929)


Study and in general the pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.Letter to Adrianna Enriques (October 1921)


All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.'Morals and Emotions' (1938)


We cannot despair of humanity, since we are ourselves human beings.'Three Letter to a Friend of Peace,' Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querida Verlag (1934)


The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.From 'Maxwell's Influence on the Evolution of the Idea of Physical Reality' (1931)


The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.'The True Value of a Human Being,' Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querida Verlag (1934)


Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.Letter to California student E. Holzapfel (March 1951)