This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) was a theoretical physicist and humanist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He is most famous for his Special and General Theories of Relativity, but contributed in other areas of physics. He won the Nobel Prize in physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

Here are some great quotes from this genius of a man:

You never fail until you stop trying.

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves - such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Nature only shows us the tail of the lion. I am convinced, however, that the lion is attached to it, even though he cannot reveal himself directly because of his enormous size.

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.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.

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 has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.

God is subtle, but he is not malicious.

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

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.

The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

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.

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

Love is a better master than duty.

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.”

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.

Nothing happens until something moves.

Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

We all know that light travels faster than sound. That's why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.

A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.

I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.

Imagination is the highest form of research.

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.


Faith Allen said...

I may not be fond of Physics, (not all people like it right?) but Albert Einstein quotes made me curious about it. I like the way he put humor on his quotes while applying scientific basis. Thanks for this collection!

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