Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quotes by Einstein

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. 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. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. 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. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. Force always attracts men of low morality. God always takes the simplest way. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. 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. 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 is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. 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.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
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.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. 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. 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. People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
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 distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
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 true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
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.
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. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract,
positive thinking. When the solution is simple, God is answering. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

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