This Albert Einstein Quotes collection features words of wisdom in our Quick Glance format.
Einstein won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921, which made him famous. His theory of relativity shook the physics world, and Einstein’s name became synonymous with genius.
Born and raised in Germany, Einstein was targeted by the Nazis because he was Jewish. He moved to the U.S. in 1933 and worked at Princeton University.
Below, you’ll find his thoughts on life, education, imagination, and more. Enjoy!
Life Quotes of Albert Einstein
1.) Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
2.) Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
3.) 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.
4.) Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
5.) Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
6.) Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
7.) Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
8.) A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
9.) Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
10.) Creativity is intelligence having fun.
11.) Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
12.) A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
13.) Imagination is more important than knowledge.
14.) Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
15.) If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? Check out Best Research Quotes and Captions.
16.) Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
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17.) A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
18.) The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes.
19.) I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the arbage man or the president of the university.
20.) Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
21.) The greatest invention of mankind is compound interest.
22.) Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
23.) I believe in one thing — that only a life lived for others is a life worth living.
24.) I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.
25.) Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
26.) Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
27.) I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
28.) Three rules of work: Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
29.) Never memorize something that you can look up.
30.) Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.
31.) Love is a better teacher than duty.
32.) A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.
33.) Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
34.) He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
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35.) Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
36.) The ruling of the& dumb people can’t be overcome because there are so many of them, and their voice counts as much as ours.
37.) I am convinced that God does not play dice.
39.) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
40.) Never lose a holy curiosity.
41.) It is hard to sneak a look at God’s cards. But that he would choose to play dice with the world…. Is something I cannot believe for a single moment.
42.) Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
43.) Education is that which remains if one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
44.) The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything.
45.) There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
46.) Blind belief in authority is the& greatest enemy of truth.
47.) I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
48.) If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. (As) I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. And 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 the most joy in life out of my violin.
49.) It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
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50.) One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
51.) 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.
52.) I believe in intuition and& inspiration. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.
53.) A question that sometimes drives me hazy—am I or are the others crazy?
54.) The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
55.) It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
56.) I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.
57.) Invention is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.
58.) God is subtle, but he is not malicious.
59.) God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.
60.) True religion is real living, living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
61.) 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 minds.
62.) God always takes the simplest way.
63.) God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
Einstein Quotes On Imagination
64.) The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
65.) The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
66.) The only real valuable thing is intuition.
67.) It is a miracle that curiosity urvives formal education.
68.) A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
69.) The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
70.) I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive. Einstein Quotes
71.) Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
72.) Let us not forget that human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life.
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73.) Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
74.) The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
75.) Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions
76.) Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
77.) 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.
78.) 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.
79.) As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
80.) If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Einstein on Learning
81.) To see with one’s own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day, to be able to express what one has seen and felt in a trim sentence or even in a cunningly wrought word – is that not glorious?
82.) Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
83.) Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things.
84.) Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
85.) A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary.
86.) There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
87.) A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
88.) A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.
89.) All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree.
90.) Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Einstein on Value
91.) Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
92.) The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
93.) Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
94.) The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
95.) Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
96.) To raise new questions and new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
97.) The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
98.) I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachmen to any state or national entity whatsoever.
99.) The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
100.) I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.
101.) 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.
102.) The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
103.) Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
103.) Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
104.) The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
105.) Without deep reflection, one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
106.) My life is a simple thing that would interest no one.
107.) Nature conceals her secrets because she is sublime, not because she is a trickster.
Letter to Oscar Beblen, April 30, 1930
108.) It is a known fact that I was born, and that is all that is necessary.
109.) If I had my life to live over again, I’d be a plumber.
110.) If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play, and z is keeping your mouth shut.
111.) A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
112.) The devil has put a penalty on all the things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health, or we suffer in soul, or we get fat.
113.) Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
114.) The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children, all our lives.
115.) Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
116.) It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
117.) Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
118.) We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles but no personality.
119.) Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
120.) Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
121.) It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
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122.) In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must, above all, be a sheep.
123.) An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.
124.) The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
125.) The environment is everything that isn’t me.
126.) Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
127.) Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a& pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
128.) Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
129.) Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
130.) 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.
131.) If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
132.) A weakness of attitude becomes a weakness of character.
133.) I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
135.) The Lord God is subtle, but malicious He is not.
136.) Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
137.) Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of eighteen.
138.) Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
139.) Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.
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Philosophy Quotations by Albert Einstein
140.) Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
141.) Equations are more important to me because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.
142.) Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
143.) I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
144.) If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
145.) If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
146.) 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.
Address to Prussian Academy of Sciences, Berlin, January 27, 1921
147.) Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
148.) Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
149.) I lie on the beach like a crocodile and let myself be roasted by the sun. I never see a newspaper and don’t give a damn for what is called the world.
150.) I do not know (how the Third World Ware will be fought). But I can tell you what they’ll use in the fourth – rocks!
Liberal Judaism interview, April May 1949
Albert Einstein Quotes FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about Albert Einstein’s quotes.
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.”
“If, at first, an idea does not sound absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
“When I am judging a theory, I ask myself whether, if I were God, I would have arranged the world in such a way.”
“As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists.”
Attributed to Einstein Incorrectly
The following five quotes are frequently attributed to Albert Einstein — however, he never said or wrote these lines.
A.) When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.
B.) Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
C.) Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
D.) Two things inspire me to awe—the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.
E.) Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
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