Albert Einstein Quotes

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

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.

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

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

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

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

God always takes the simplest way.

God does not play dice.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

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

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

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.

Information is not knowledge.

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

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

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

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

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

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Love is a better teacher than duty.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

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

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

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

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

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

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

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

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

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

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.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

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.

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

Albert Einstein Biography

Albert Einstein was born in Germany on March 14, 1879. He was a theoretical physicist who developed the general relativity theory. Einstein, for his various contributions to physics, he is seen as the father of modern physics. He is most widely known for his mass-energy equivalence fomula (E = mc2). In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his services in physics and for the law of the photoelectric effect, which later became the foundation for quantum theory in physics.

Einstein was born in Ulm in the Kingdom of Wurttemberg which was a part of the German Empire. His father was Hermann Einstein, a salesman and engineer and his mother was Pauline Einstein. The Einsteins were non-observant Jews. He attended a Catholic elementary school when he was five years old. He later transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium for his primary and secondary education. Einstein clashed with the school's regimen and teaching method. At the age of sixteen he sat for the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich but he failed in many subjects but excelled in mathematics and physics. He attended the Aargau Cantonal School in Aarau, Switzerland on the advice of the Principal of the Polytechnic. There he renounced his citizenship of Wurttemberg to avoid military service. In 1896 he enrolled in the four year teaching diploma program at Zurich Polytechnic. His future wife, Mileva Maric, also enrolled at Polytechnic that year. She was the only woman in the mathematics and physics section in the program.

Einstein and Maric had a daughter named Lieserl in 1902. They married in January 1903. They had a son a year later named Hans Albert Einstein. Their second son, Eduard, was born in 1910. They separated in 1914 when Einstein moved to Berlin and his wife stayed in Zurich with their sons. They divorced on February 14, 1919. Einstein then married Elsa Lowenthal on June 2, 1919. She was his first cousin maternally and his second cousin paternally. In 1933 they permanently emigrated to the United States. Elsa was diagnosed with heart and kidney problems in 1935 and died a year later.

Einstein obtained a PhD at the University of Zurich in 1905. His dissertation was entitled "A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions." That same year he published four papers that were groundbreaking. They were on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity, and the equivalence of matter and energy. These papers brought him to the attention of the academic world. He was a lecturer at the University of Bern in 1908. He then became a full professor at Karl-Ferdinand University in Prague in 1911. Three years later he became director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics as well as a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He had a special clause in this contract that freed him from most teaching obligations. In 1916, he became president of the German Physical Society. During 1911, Einstein calculated that light from another star would be bent by the Sun's gravity, based on his new theory of general relativity. He was proven correct by Sir Arthur Eddington's observations during the solar eclipse. This instantly made Einstein world famous.

Einstein had internal bleeding caused by a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on April 17, 1955. Einstein refused surgery, stating "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly." He died in Princeton Hospital at the age of 76. During his autopsy, Dr. Thomas Stoltz Harvey removed Einstein's brain for preservation without the family's permission. Harvey hoped that future neuroscience would enable them to discover what made Einstein so intelligent. Einstein's remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered.

By Robert Oppenheimer about Einstein at his memorial: "He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness...There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn."

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein


Author Details

  • › DOB: 03.14.1879
  • › DOP: 04.18.1955
  • › City: Ulm, Kingdom of Wurttemberg
  • › Country: German Empire
  • › Religion: Jewish
  • › Profession: Physicist

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