Albert Einstein quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan


A theoretical physicist who developed the famous theory of relativity. German-born, Albert Einstein helped modern physics and influenced the philosophy of science.

  • “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.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein 
  • “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.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “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.” ― Albert Einstein 
  • “ll get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Never memorize something that you can look up.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” ― Albert Einstein
  • “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “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.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “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” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “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.” ― 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
  • “You never fail until you stop trying.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “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.” ― Albert Einstein, The World As I See It 
  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “A theory can be proved by experiment: but no paths leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.”  Albert Einstein
  • “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.”  Albert Einstein
  • “As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surround it.”  Albert Einstein
  • “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  Albert Einstein
  • “Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.”  Albert Einstein
  • “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”  Albert Einstein
  • “He who finds a though that lets us even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great peace.”  Albert Einstein
Theory of relativity and E=mc2. Photons and energy quanta. Zero point energy. Wormholes. And so much more in his scientific career. What I know of his work helps me understand space. I need to read more books on Einstein’s many various work. There are too many great quotes by him to list.

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