Albert Einstein Quotes

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

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2. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

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3. “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.”

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

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5. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

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6. “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”

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7. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

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8. “Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”

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9. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

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10. “Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

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11. “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions."(Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953)”

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

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13. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

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14. “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

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15. “I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.”

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16. “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

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17. “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

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18. “Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”

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19. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”

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20. “I love Humanity but I hate humans”

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21. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

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22. “Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

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23. “Life isn't worth living, unless it is lived for someone else.”

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24. “Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”

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25. “How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.”

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26. “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”

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Source : Albert Einstein: The Human Side

27. “La vie c’est comme la bicyclette : quand on arrête de pédaler on tombe.”

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28. “Deux choses sont infinies : l’Univers et la bêtise humaine. Mais, en ce qui concerne l’Univers, je n’en ai pas encore acquis la certitude absolue.”

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29. “Nothing happens until something moves.”

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30. “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.”

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31. “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

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

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33. “Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”

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34. “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.”

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

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36. “Never memorize something that you can look up.”

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37. “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

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38. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.—"Old Man's Advice to Youth: 'Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'" LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”

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39. “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.”

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Source : The World As I See It

40. “If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.”

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41. “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.”

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

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

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44. “You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”

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45. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”

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

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47. “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.”

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

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49. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

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50. “The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”

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

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52. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

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

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54. “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

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55. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”

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56. “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."[Moral Decay (first published 1937)]”

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Source : Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

57. “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”

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58. “The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”

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59. “there is found a third level of religious experience, even if it is seldom found in a pure form. I will call it the cosmic religious sense. This is hard to make clear to those who do not experience it, since it does not involve an anthropomorphic idea of God; the individual feels the vanity of human desires and aims, and the nobility and marvelous order which are revealed in nature and in the world of thought. He feels the individual destiny as an imprisonment and seeks to experience the totality of existence as a unity full of significance. Indications of this cosmic religious sense can be found even on earlier levels of development—for example, in the Psalms of David and in the Prophets. The cosmic element is much stronger in Buddhism, as, in particular, Schopenhauer's magnificent essays have shown us. The religious geniuses of all times have been distinguished by this cosmic religious sense, which recognizes neither dogmas nor God made in man's image. Consequently there cannot be a church whose chief doctrines are based on the cosmic religious experience. It comes about, therefore, that we find precisely among the heretics of all ages men who were inspired by this highest religious experience; often they appeared to their contemporaries as atheists, but sometimes also as saints.”

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Source : Religion and Science

60. “E=mc2”

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Source : The Theory of Relativity and Other Essays

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

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62. “This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!”

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63. “I was very pleased with your kind letter. Until now I never dreamed of being something like a hero. But since you've given me the nomination I feel that I am one.”

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Source : Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children

64. “The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.”

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65. “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

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66. “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

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67. “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.”

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68. “No, this trick won't work... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? ”

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69. “It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”

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70. “I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”

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71. “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of other men —above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”

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Source : Living Philosophies

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

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Source : Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace and the Bomb

73. “I want to oppose the idea that the school has to teach directly that special knowledge and those accomplishments which one has to use later directly in life. The demands of life are much too manifold to let such a specialized training in school appear possible [...] The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost.”

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74. “A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.”

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

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76. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

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Source : Living Philosophies

77. “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

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78. “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.”

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79. “Success = 1 part work + 1 part play + 1 part keep your mouth shut”

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Source : Ideas and Opinions

80. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

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81. “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.”

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

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83. “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”

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84. “From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

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85. “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”

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86. “Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.”

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87. “Your question is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable? The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. I am fascinated by Spinoza's Pantheism. I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers, because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things.”

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88. “If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare me a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.”

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89. “Student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.”

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Source : Ideas and Opinions

90. “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

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

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92. “Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”

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93. “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”

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94. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

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

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96. “Imagination is the highest form of research.”

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97. “A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”

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98. “I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.”

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99. “The word 'God' is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.”

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100. “If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”

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101. “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.”

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102. “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work...”

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

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104. “Time is an illusion.”

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105. “One must divide one's time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me, because politics is for the present, while our equations are for eternity.”

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106. “Dancers are the athletes of God.”

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107. “Imagination ist alles. Es ist die vorschau des lebens auf die kommenden attraktionen.”

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108. “We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”

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109. “We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.”

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

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

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112. “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

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113. “You are right in speaking of the moral foundations of science, but you cannot turn around and speak of the scientific foundations of morality.”

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114. “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”

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115. “The religion of the future will be cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

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116. “He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

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117. “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

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118. “If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.”

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119. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

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120. “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

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121. “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”

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122. “Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.”

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123. “The state was made for man, not man for state.”

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124. “Information is not knowledge.”

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125. “Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”

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126. “The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking ... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. (1945)”

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127. “God does not play dice with the universe.”

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Source : The Born-Einstein Letters 1916-55

128. “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.”

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129. “I find the idea quite intolerable that an electron exposed to radiation should choose of its own free will not only its moment to jump off but its direction. In that case I would rather be a cobbler, or even an employee in a gaming house, than a physicist.”

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130. “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”

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131. “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. - Albert Einstein, letter of February 5, 1921”

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132. “If you wish to learn from the theoretical physicist anything about the methods which he uses, I would give you the following piece of advice: Don't listen to his words, examine his achievements. For to the discoverer in that field, the constructions of his imagination appear so necessary and so natural that he is apt to treat them not as the creations of his thoughts but as given realities.”

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133. “Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”

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134. “Philosophers play with the word, like a child with a doll. It does not mean that everything in life is relative.”

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135. “I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.”

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136. “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”

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137. “Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

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138. “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice.”

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139. “All generalizations are false, including this one.”

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140. “N'essayez pas de devenir un homme qui a du succès. Essayez de devenir un homme qui a de la valeur.”

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141. “The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”

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142. “What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”

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143. “Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such an authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens. Thus they come to be stamped as “necessities of thought”, “a priori givens”, etc. The path of scientific advance is often made impassable for a long time through such errors. For that reason, it is by no means an idle game if we become practiced in analyzing the long commonplace concepts and exhibiting those circumstances upon which their justification and usefulness depend, how they have grown up, individually, out of the givens of experience. By this means, their all-too-great authority will be broken. They will be removed if they cannot be properly legitimated, corrected if their correlation with given things be far too superfluous, replaced by others if a new system can be established that we prefer for whatever reason.”

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144. “Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.”

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145. “Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.”

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146. “The more a man is imbued with the ordered regularity of all events the firmer becomes his conviction that there is no room left by the side of this ordered regularity for causes of a different nature. For him neither the rule of human nor the rule of divine will exist as an independent cause of natural events. To be sure, the doctrine of a personal God interfering with the natural events could never be refuted, in the real sense, by science, for this doctrine can always take refuge in those domains in which scientific knowledge has not yet been able to set foot. But I am persuaded that such behavior on the part of the representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal. For a doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress.- Science and Religion (1941)”

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147. “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”

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148. “During the youthful period of mankind's spiritual evolution human fantasy created gods in man's own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate to influence, the phenomenal world. Man sought to alter the disposition of these gods in his own favor by means of magic and prayer. The idea of God in the religions taught at present is a sublimation of that old concept of the gods. Its anthropomorphic character is shown, for instance, by the fact that men appeal to the Divine Being in prayers and plead for the fulfillment of their wishes. Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, help, and guidance; also, by virtue of its simplicity it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind. But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history. That is, if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty Being? In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?(Albert Einstein, Science, Philosophy, and Religion, A 1934 Symposium published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York, 1941; from Einstein's Out of My Later Years, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1970, pp. 26-27.)”

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149. “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a Supernatural Being. - Albert Einstein, 1936, responding to a child who wrote and asked if scientists pray; quoted in: Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann”

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150. “It was my good fortune to be linked with Mme. Curie through twenty years of sublime and unclouded friendship. I came to admire her human grandeur to an ever growing degree. Her strength, her purity of will, her austerity toward herself, her objectivity, her incorruptible judgement— all these were of a kind seldom found joined in a single individual... The greatest scientific deed of her life—proving the existence of radioactive elements and isolating them—owes its accomplishment not merely to bold intuition but to a devotion and tenacity in execution under the most extreme hardships imaginable, such as the history of experimental science has not often witnessed.”

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Source : Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

151. “I am predominantly critical concerning the activities, and especially the political activities, through history of the official clergy.”

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Source : Albert Einstein: The Human Side

152. “I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.”

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153. “I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.”

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154. “Scoala ar trebui sa-si propuna intotdeauna obiectivul ca tanarul care pleaca de acolo să aibă o personalitate armonioasă, nu să fie un specialist.E pur si simplu un miracol faptul ca metodele moderne de instruire nu au sugrumat incă de tot sfânta curiozitate a întrebărilor; pentru că planta asta plăpândă și delicată, pe lângă încurajări, are nevoie în principal de libertate; fără ea, se ofliește și moare negreșit.”

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155. “Racism is a disease of white people”

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156. “Great spirits have always encountered 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.”

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

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158. “The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”

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159. “When the number of factors coming into play in a phenomenological complex is too large scientific method in most cases fails. One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible.”

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160. “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.”

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161. “To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.”

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162. “Nobody knows how the stand of our knowledge about the atom would be without him. Personally, Bohr is one of the amiable colleagues I have met. He utters his opinions like one perpetually groping and never like one who believes himself to be in possession of the truth.”

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163. “The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”

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164. “I am not more gifted than the average human being. If you know anything about history, you would know that is so--what hard times I had in studying and the fact that I do not have a memory like some other people do… I am just more curious than the average person and I will not give up on a problem until I have found the proper solution. This is one of my greatest satisfactions in life--solving problems--and the harder they are, the more satisfaction do I get out of them. Maybe you could consider me a bit more patient in continuing with my problem than is the average human being. Now, if you understand what I have just told you, you see that it is not a matter of being more gifted but a matter of being more curious and maybe more patient until you solve a problem.”

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165. “Honestly, I cannot understand what people mean when they talk about the freedom of the human will. I have a feeling, for instance, that I will something or other; but what relation this has with freedom I cannot understand at all. I feel that I will to light my pipe and I do it; but how can I connect this up with the idea of freedom? What is behind the act of willing to light the pipe? Another act of willing? Schopenhauer once said: Der Mensch kann was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will (Man can do what he will but he cannot will what he wills).”

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166. “Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.”

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167. “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”

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168. “What a deep [trust] in the rationality of the structure of the world and what a longing to understand even a small glimpse of the reason revealed in the world there must have been in Kepler and Newton to enable them to unravel the mechanism of the heavens in long years of lonely work!”

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

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170. “Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

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171. “Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

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172. “Kada sedite sat vremena kraj lepe devojke, to prodje kao minut. Sedite minut na vrelu pec i to ce trajati kao sat. To se zove relativitet.”

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173. “Autoritätsdusel ist der größte Feind der Wahrheit.”

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174. “In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them thither. Many take to science out of a joyful sense of superior intellectual power; science is their own special sport to which they look for vivid experience and the satisfaction of ambition; many others are to be found in the temple who have offered the products of their brains on this altar for purely utilitarian purposes. Were [someone to] drive all the people belonging to these two categories out of the temple, the assemblage would be seriously depleted, but there would still be some men, of both present and past times, left inside. Our Planck is one of them, and that is why we love him.”

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175. “The longing to behold this pre-established harmony [of phenomena and theoretical principles] is the source of the inexhaustible patience and perseverance with which Planck has devoted himself ... The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.”

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176. “If this conviction had not been a strongly emotional one and if those searching for knowledge had not been inspired by Spinoza's Amor Dei Intellectualis, they would hardly have been capable of that untiring devotion which alone enables man to attain his greatest achievements.”

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177. “The importance of C.F. Gauss for the development of modern physical theory and especially for the mathematical fundament of the theory of relativity is overwhelming indeed; also his achievement of the system of absolute measurement in the field of electromagnetism. In my opinion it is impossible to achieve a coherent objective picture of the world on the basis of concepts which are taken more or less from inner psychological experience.”

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178. “When I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock.So I stopped wearing socks.”

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179. “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.”

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180. “I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me.”

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Source : The Ultimate Quotable Einstein

181. “Matter tells space how to curve, space tells matter how to move.”

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182. “I didn't kill that man and if you say I did I'll deny everything.”

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183. “Knowledge exists in two forms - lifeless, stored in books, and alive, in the consciousness of men. The second form of existence is after all the essential one; the first, indispensable as it may be, occupies only an inferior position.”

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184. “The strange things about growing old is that the intimate identification with the here and now is slowly lost. One feels transposed into infinity, more or less alone.”

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185. “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”

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186. “The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man's image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men who were filled with this highest kind of religious feeling and were in many cases regarded by their contemporaries as atheists, sometimes also as saints. Looked at in this light, men like Democritus, Francis of Assisi, and Spinoza are closely akin to one another.”

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187. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

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188. “One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”

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189. “If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.”

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190. “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

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191. “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced”

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192. “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our thinking. Thus, we are drifting toward catastrophe beyond conception. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

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193. “Gandhi, the greatest political genius of our time, has pointed the way. He was shown of what sacrifices people are capable once they have found the right way. His work for the liberation of India is a living testimony to the fact that a will governed by firm conviction is stronger than a seemingly invincible material power.”

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194. “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.”

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195. “Student: Dr. Einstein, Aren't these the same questions as last year's [physics] final exam?Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.”

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196. “One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike -- and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”

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197. “It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.”

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198. “The human spirit must prevail over technology.”

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

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200. “A society's competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.”

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