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Albert EinsteinProbably the most famous and accomplished scientist of all time, Albert Einstein was the son of a featherbed salesman and his amateur violinist wife, and got poor marks in grade school. As a child he spoke rarely and haltingly, and some biographers have suggested that he was mildly autistic, while others hold that he was simply shy or bored by ordinary conversation. As an adult he remembered an uncle’s gift of a compass when he was about five years old as igniting his imagination and curiosity.

He dropped out of his first high school, chaffing at the headmaster’s militaristic style, and obtained his diploma at a different school, but only because it was required to obtain college admission. He earned his doctorate while working as a patent clerk, and unable to find adequate income from academic work he continued working at the patent office even as he was writing papers that altered humanity’s understanding of the basics of time, space, and science.

In 1905 Einstein, still a patent clerk and effectively a rookie scientist, wrote five scientific papers, including his most famous work, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend upon its Energy Content?”. This is the paper which concluded that any increase in energy (E) causes a corresponding increase in mass (m), and that these increases are related by the speed of light in a vacuum (c) squared — E=mc². In another paper written the same year, initially derided (and later accepted) by Max Planck, he proposed that electromagnetic radiation must consist of quantums or photons, which became a cornerstone concept of quantum theory and earned Einstein the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

In 1911 he was the youngest physicist present at the Solvay Conference in Brussels, the first modern meeting of physicists, and by the end of the decade he was the world’s most famous scientist. Einstein’s theories of general relativity and special relativity were questioned and argued among physicists for years, and remain largely beyond the ken of ordinary people a century later. When astrophysicist Arthur Eddington was asked by a reporter whether it was true that only three people in the world truly understood relativity, he took a long breath before replying, “I am trying to think who the third person is”. In 1929 Einstein and Planck were co-recipients of the German Physical Society’s first Max Planck Medal.

albert-einstein1-e1364119829161A long-time pacifist, Einstein gambled his career by signing an anti-war petition at the height of World War I. He signed a manifesto against compulsory military service in 1925, and renounced his German citizenship — twice — first in 1896 to avoid military service, and again in 1932 to avoid the Holocaust as he came to America. In 1939 he wrote his famous letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt advising the development of atomic weapons, since he was sure the Germans were working toward that goal. He was a member of the NAACP, and an active participant in his friend Paul Robeson’s American Crusade Against Lynching. Of course, Einstein had a thick FBI file and J. Edgar Hoover suspected that he was a communist. In 1946 he wrote a public letter advocating the establishment of world government, and in 1952 he was offered the Presidency of Israel, but declined. In the last months of his life he wrote another public letter, co-authored with Bertrand Russell, pleading for a concerted effort against the growing threat of nuclear war. He was also a skilled violinist.

albert-einstein-quotesHis private life was somewhat less immaculate. He fathered at least one child out of wedlock, then married the child’s mother, but their daughter was either given up for adoption or died in infancy. During an extended period of ill health from about 1917-20, as he dealt with recurring bouts of jaundice, liver illness, and general weakness, he was nursed by a cousin who became his mistress and, after his first marriage ended in divorce, his second wife. Einstein’s numerous affairs had infuriated his first wife, but the second Mrs Einstein was more permissive. His diaries, published in 1999, reveal that Einstein seriously considered abandoning his mistress and wife-to-be in favor of her 20-year-old daughter Ilse, who became his stepdaughter instead. In addition to the missing daughter with his first wife he had two sons, of which one became an engineer, as the other was institutionalized with schizophrenia.

Einstein’s other notable accomplishments include development of Bose-Einstein statistics, studies of Brownian motion, and his long work on a Unified Field Theory. The latter took more and more of his time beginning in the 1920s, and by the early 1930s he was somewhat isolated from the forefront of physics. In 1928 he was diagnosed with an enlargement of the heart, and in 1955 he was hospitalized with an aortic aneurysm, which claimed his life on 18 April 1955.

Concerned that his tomb would attract gawkers and grave-robbers, Einstein left instructions that his corpse be cremated and the ashes scattered in a secret location, now believed to be the grounds of the Institute for Advanced Study and the nearby Delaware River. His brain was removed for “research”, however, before his corpse was cremated. Sliced and pickled, it has been examined by researchers, revealing that his brain’s inferior parietal lobe, where mathematical thought and spatial imagery are centered, was a bit larger than normal.

Albert Einstein Quotes

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

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

Albert Einstein

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

Albert Einstein

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

The only source of knowledge is experience.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Albert Einstein

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Information is not knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Love is a better teacher than duty.

Albert Einstein

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Albert Einstein

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

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God always takes the simplest way.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Albert Einstein

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.

Albert Einstein

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.

Albert Einstein

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.

Albert Einstein

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Albert Einstein

I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Albert Einstein

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.

Albert Einstein

God does not play dice.

Albert Einstein

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.

Albert Einstein

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

Albert Einstein

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.

Albert Einstein

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

Albert Einstein

To the Master’s honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton’s ground.

Albert Einstein

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

Albert Einstein

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.

Albert Einstein

I have just got a new theory of eternity.

Albert Einstein

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

Albert Einstein

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

Albert Einstein

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

Albert Einstein

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

Albert Einstein

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.

Albert Einstein

Never lose a holy curiosity.

Albert Einstein

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

Albert Einstein

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Albert Einstein

Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

Albert Einstein

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.

Albert Einstein

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.

Albert Einstein

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.

Albert Einstein

It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.

Albert Einstein

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

Albert Einstein

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

Albert Einstein

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.

Albert Einstein

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