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Albert Einstein

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Quotes and Bibliography

One of the most brilliant people of the 20th century, Albert Einstein had some interesting things to say. Einstein concerned himself with more than just science and physics, he also studied philosophy and spent a good deal of time discussing the subject with his friends.


"As long as I am able to work, I must not and will not complain, because work is the only thing that gives substance to life."

"I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious."

When considering the concept of the wave-particle duality of light he said "Appearances are against it, but the Almighty, it seems, managed the trick."

"How an intelligent man can subscribe to a [political] party I find a complete mystery."

"To dwell on things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

"It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one's balance."

"With fame I became more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon."

"Subtle is the Lord, but malicious he is not."

"Anything truly novel is invented only during one's youth. Later one becomes more experienced, more famous, and more blockheaded."

"Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible, and inexplicable."

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

"I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being."

"When I am judging a theory, I ask myself whether, if I were God, I would have arranged the world in such a way."

"I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to."

"Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music."


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Albert Einstein Biography Contents
  1. Overview
  2. Growing up Einstein
  3. Education, the Patent Office, and Marriage
  4. The Miracle Year
  5. Theory of General Relativity
  6. Academic Career and Nobel Prize
  7. Leaving Germany and World War II
  8. More Discoveries
  9. Later Life and Death
  10. Albert Einstein Quotes and Bibliography
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