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Best known for his theory on general relativity about gravity, Albert Einstein is a name forever entrenched in the sand of times.

Before we delve into the best Albert Einstein quotes, let’s, first of all, take a brief look into the history of this genius.

A Brief History of Albert Einstein

Early years…

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Born into a simple beginning in the city of Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879, to a father who was a salesperson and an engineer, Albert had an expected life and career set out for him.

His family had left Germany for Italy, stayed for a while in Milan before moving to Pavia.

Naturally, Hermann Einstein wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and study electrical engineering, but this was not to be as Albert revolted against the rote system of learning at the school; Luitpold Gymnasium.

Albert Einstein’s brilliance had been evident from the precocious age of 12 when he had taken a fascination to mathematics and physics; teaching himself algebra and calculus.

Education…

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His rate of excellence was so high that his teacher could not keep up.

Even for a great mind like Einstein, he had some limitations, one of which came to the fore when he sat for the entrance examinations into the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich in 1895.

He had excelled in the mathematics and physics sections but failed to make the pass mark for other areas covered.

Hence, Albert was advised by the principal of the Polytechnic to complete his secondary school education there in Switzerland.

Upon completion, he gained admission into the Polytechnic and graduated in 1900.

After his graduation, Einstein was faced with the obstacle of finding a teaching position.

While he waited for the realization of the academic career he desired, he performed some evaluations on patent applications for a range of devices.

Career…

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He was finally employed permanently in 1903 by the Swiss Patent Office.

Einstein’s work there created a background for much of his future academic work.

Albert Einstein wrote his first academic paper – “Conclusions from the Capillarity Phenomena” in 1900 and got his doctorate from the University of Zurich by 1905 with his thesis titled; “A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions.”

In that same year, he published the famed “Annus Mirabilis papers” which ignited his career as a renowned physicist.

The papers covered Einstein’s special theory of relativity, Brownian motion, mass-energy equivalence, and the photoelectric effect.

Einstein’s contribution to the field of physics was monumental and it was no surprise when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

Einstein was distinctively engaged in the politics of his time; critiquing and reproving conservative governments, a stand which led to him denouncing his German citizenship in 1933 motivated by the coming to power of Adolf Hitler.

Einstein later emigrated to America, where he became a citizen and took on a teaching position at Princeton.

Family…

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Einstein was married twice in his lifetime. He met his first wife; Mileva Maric at the Polytechnic he attended.

She had been the only female in the class studying physics and mathematics.

They got married in 1903 and got divorced in 1919. Albert and Maric had two known children.

Einstein got remarried to Elsa Lowenthal in 1919 and they were together until her death in 1933.

Albert Einstein was still active in the science and politics arena until his death on April 17th, 1955.

Enough of this!

Let’s get straight to the topic of the day…

129 Famous Albert Einstein Quotes (In Alphabetical Order)

The following are best of the best Albert Einstein quotes for your perusal.

 

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”

Albert Einstein

“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.”

Albert Einstein

“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.”

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Before God, we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”

Albert Einstein

“Common sense invents and constructs no less than its own field than science does in its domain. It is, however, in the nature of common sense not to be aware of this situation.”

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.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

Albert Einstein

“God does not play dice.”

Albert Einstein

“God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

“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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

“I have just got a new theory of eternity.”

Albert Einstein

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

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

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

Albert Einstein

“I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.”

Albert Einstein

“I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Information is not knowledge.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Albert Einstein

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Albert Einstein

“Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”

Albert Einstein

“Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.”

Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Albert Einstein

“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

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

“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it. ”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.”

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 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

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

Albert Einstein

“The environment is everything that isn’t me.”

Albert Einstein

“The faster you go, the shorter you are.”

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

“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.”

Albert Einstein

“Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.”

Albert Einstein

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

Albert Einstein

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

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

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. ”

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

“Weakness of attitude becomes a weakness of character.”

Albert Einstein

“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.”

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

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

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

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