Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. Albert Einstein
I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. Albert Einstein
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.
“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
“Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.”
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
“In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.”
Try not to become just a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.
Technological change is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk?
Money only appeals to selfishness and always tempts its owners irresistibly to abuse it. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.
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.
A man’s ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts,
The weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
There are two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me, our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.
Never regard your study as a duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.
In the teaching of geography and history, a sympathetic understanding (should) be fostered for the characteristics of the different peoples of the world, especially for those who we are in the habit of describing as “primitive.