Albert Einstein, born in 1879 in Ulm, Germany, has become a timeless symbol of intellectual prowess and innovative thinking. Despite his early struggles with traditional education, Einstein’s curiosity about the natural world propelled him into the realm of theoretical physics. His groundbreaking contributions, particularly his Theory of Relativity, revolutionized our understanding of space, time, and gravity.
Beyond his scientific work, Einstein was a passionate advocate for education, peace, and civil liberties. He questioned everything, allowing his inquisitive mind to explore not just the mysteries of the universe but also the complex intricacies of human existence and society.
In this article, we delve into the profound wisdom encapsulated in his quotes. They span a range of topics from the beauty of curiosity and the power of imagination to the value of resilience and the pursuit of knowledge. Join us as we explore the enlightening world of Albert Einstein quotes, where every word invites you to see the universe through the eyes of a genius.
Some of the quotes appear in the following video:
Table of Contents
- Albert Einstein Quotes on Life
- Albert Einstein Quotes on Science
- Albert Einstein Quotes on Imagination
- Albert Einstein Quotes on God
- Albert Einstein Quotes on Thinking
- Inspiring Albert Einstein Quotes
- Famous Albert Einstein Quotes
- Interesting Facts about Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein Quotes on Life
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
I believe in one thing – that only a life lived for others is a life worth living.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
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.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
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.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Albert Einstein Quotes on Science
Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech.
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.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking, observing, there we enter the realm of art and science.
The man of science is a poor philosopher.
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.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
Albert Einstein Quotes on Imagination
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy – am I or are the others crazy?
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Albert Einstein Quotes on God
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
God does not play dice.
I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
God always takes the simplest way.
I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.
God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.
Albert Einstein Quotes on Thinking
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 … I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
Inspiring Albert Einstein Quotes
I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
Famous Albert Einstein Quotes
I would teach peace rather than war. I would inculcate love rather than hate.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
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.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
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.
You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.
Interesting Facts about Albert Einstein
After some of the quotes here made you think and wonder, here are some interesting facts about Albert Einstein that may surprise you. Enjoy.
- It Took Years Before He Got a Job in Academia – Einstein showed brilliance during his years at the Zurich Polytechnic, but due to his rebellious character and nature, and also skipping classes, he had trouble getting good recommendations from his professors when he graduated. He got a job at the Swiss patent office in Bern, which allowed him to work for a few hours and dedicate the rest to research. In 1905, he published four revolutionary articles (introducing E=mc2 and the theory of special relativity), but still, it was only in 1909 when he got a full professorship at the academia, 9 years after graduation.
- Offering His Wife The Nobel Prize – In 1910, Albert Einstein left the house and the family and moved to Berlin, after the relationship with his wife and marriage deteriorated. In 1919, the two got divorced, and part of their separation agreement, Einstein promised her an annual stipend as well as money he might receive from the Nobel Prize, as he was positive he would win. His wife agreed, and so Einstein later gave her a small fortune when he received the award in 1922 for his work on the photoelectric effect.
- Being Spied by the FBI – Just before Hitler rose to power in 1933, Einstein decided to leave for the United States, where he got a job at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. The FBI had its suspicions about Einstein due to his beliefs, support for pacifist, civil rights and left-wing. And so, from the moment Einstein land foot on U.S. soil, he was under surveillance by the FBI. Agents listened to his phone calls, opened his mail and rooted through his trash, hoping to prove that he was a Soviet spy. All in all, the FBI followed Einstein for 22 years until his death in 1955. During all those years, the FBI had accumulated 1,400 pages on him.
- President of Israel – No, he wasn’t the president of Israel. Being Jewish, Einstein felt a deep connection to the Jewish heritage, and even though he wasn’t traditionally religious, he was offered the position of president of Israel after the death of the first president (Chaim Weizmann) in 1952. Einstein refused.
- His Brain was Stolen After His Death – In 1955, Einstein died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had requested that his body be cremated, however, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey decided to remove his famous brain during his autopsy and keep it for study purposes. After Harvey got the approval of Einstein’s son, he had the brain cut into pieces and sent it to various scientists for research. Over the years, many studies were conducted, but most have either been dismissed or discredited.