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Quotations of Albert Einstein & Others

Albert Einstein

Unless otherwise noted, quotes are attributed to Albert Einstein
Last updated Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

The most important thing is to not stop questioning.

The state is made for man, not man for the state.
And in this respect science resembles the state.

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities
to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression;
in order that every man present his views without penalty
there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.

The most important human endeavor is the
striving for morality in our actions.
Our inner balance and even
our very existence depend on it.
Only morality in our actions
can give beauty and dignity to life.

Everything should be made as simple as possible,
but not simpler.

Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth
by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal.
But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self
and makes us comrades of those
who are the best and the greatest.

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

If I give you a pfennig,
you will be one pfennig richer
and I'll be one pfennig poorer.
But if I give you an idea,
you will have a new idea,
but I shall still have it, too.

If you are out to describe the truth,
leave elegance to the tailor.

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

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience
is the sensation of the mystical.
It is the power of all true science.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

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

The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me
nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.

Unthinking respect for authority
is the greatest enemy of truth.

The health of society thus depends
quite as much on the independence
of the individuals composing it
as on their close political cohesion.

Ethical axioms are found and tested
not very differently from the axioms of science.
Truth is what stands the test of experience.

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily
by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.

The example of great and pure characters is the only thing
that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds.

Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.

He who can no longer pause
to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Nothing will end war unless
the people themselves refuse to go to war.

Never utter these words:
"I do not know this, therefore it is false."
One must study to know, know to understand,
understand to judge. - Unknown Added Saturday, October 16, 2010

Knowing is not understanding.
There is a great difference between
knowing and understanding:
you can know a lot about something
and not really understand it.
- Charles Kettering

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

You can be sincere and still be stupid.
- Charles Kettering

An inventor fails 999 times,
and if he succeeds once, he's in.
He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
- Charles Kettering

It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods
have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry;
for what this delicate little plant needs
more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom.

Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.

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.

The idea of achieving security through national armament is,
at the present state of military technique, a disastrous illusion.

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.

It's not that I'm so smart,
it's just that I stay with problems longer.

"Start by doing what's necessary,
then do what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
- Francis of Assisi

"Do not wait, the time will never be just right.
Start where you stand, and work with
whatever tools you may have at your command.
Better tools will be found as you go along."
Napolean Hill

Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

Everything that is really great and inspiring
is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Add July 28, 2010

Strive for perfection in everything.
Take the best that exists and make it better.
If it doesn't exist, create it.
Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.
-Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Add August 12, 2010

All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make, the better.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson Add September 22, 2010

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be. Add December 14, 2010

All that is valuable in human society depends upon
the opportunity for development accorded the individual.Add March 24, 2011

"Work like you don't need the money,
love like you've never been hurt, and
dance like you do when nobody's watching."
Add Saturday, June 4, 2011

"The biggest problem in communication
is assuming that it has taken place"
- Anonymous Add September 16, 2011

"What you permit, you promote"
- Anonymous Add October 1, 2011

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."
- Aristotle Add October 1, 2011

"May the conscience and the common sense
of the peoples be awakened,
so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations,
where people will look back on war as
an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers!"
Add October 5, 2011

"God determines who walks into your life....
it's up to you to decide who you let walk away,
who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go."
- Anonymous
Add November 2, 2011

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive."
- Anonymous Add November 5, 2011

"Trust takes years to build,
seconds to break,
forever to repair.."
- Anonymous Add November 5, 2011

"Patience and perseverance
have a magical effect,
through which difficulties disappear
and obtacles vanish."
John Quincy Adams
Add November 11, 2011

"Focus is the key to all results.
Results require that you concentrate your efforts
on the smallest number of activities that
will produce the largest amount of productivity."
Gary Ryan Blair
Add November 11, 2011

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey.
We are spirit beings on a human journey."
Stephen Covey
Add January 17, 2012

“Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results
of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know
what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs Add Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"The formula for success is quite simple:
double your rate of failure."
- Thomas J. Watson Add Sunday, June 24, 2012

"Do not dream your life, live your dream!"
-Matthias Steiner
Add Saturday, July 21, 2012

‎ "As long as you look for someone else
to validate who you are by seeking their approval,
you are setting yourself up for disaster.
You have to be whole and complete in yourself.
No one can give you that.
You have to know who you are -
what others say is irrelevant."
- Nic Sheff (Add Friday, August 3, 2012)

“It’s okay to say no.
You shouldn’t ever have to compromise
who you are and what feels comfortable
in order to make someone else happy.
If a person doesn’t respect the boundaries you set,
then they aren’t worth your time, effort, or friendship.
Your feelings matter,
and if something doesn’t feel okay,
you have the right to voice it.
I know that you want to make other people happy.
I know that you want to be accepted and well-received.
But putting other people’s feelings ahead of your own
is not the way to do it.
At the end of the day, you have to do what is best for you.
You have to make your happiness and wellbeing a priority.
Because you matter.
And because you are deserving of a life
that corresponds with your authentic self.”
—Daniell Koepke (Add Monday, August 20, 2012)

“You get good at what you do” – Chris Extine (Add Friday, August 24, 2012)

"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire;
you will what you imagine;
and at last you create what you will.
- George Bernard Shaw Add Monday, August 27, 2012)

“The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others.
And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd
you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion.
A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.”
— Osho Add Sunday, September 30, 2012

‎"Do not chase people.
Be you and do your own thing and work hard.
The right people who belong in your life
will come to you, and stay."
Wu Tang Add Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Intellectuals solve problems;
geniuses prevent them."
—Albert Einstein Add Thursday, November 22, 2012

"We see the world,
not as it is, but as we are."
- Anonymous
To better understand this "Eye of the Beholder" perspective, watch this 23 minute long video.Add Friday, November 30, 2012

"A clever person solves a problem.
A wise person avoids it." Add Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Never memorize something you can look up." Add Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"To stay young requires unceasing cultivation
of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods."
- Lazarus Long Add Thursday, January 24, 2013

"If you have the desire to experience something,
you also have the ability to create it."
- Anonymous Add Monday, January 13, 2014

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
- Goethe Add Friday, May 9, 2014

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity."
- Amelia Earhart Add Friday, May 9, 2014

"Never lie to someone who trusts you
and never trust someone who lies to you."
- Anonymous
Add Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Always be yourself, express yourself,
have faith in yourself,
do not go out and look for
a successful personality and duplicate it."
- Bruce Lee Add Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Change is inevitable,
but personal growth is a choice."
– Bob Proctor Add Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"The music of your youth stays with you forever."
- Justin Hayward (Moody Blues singer)
Add Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have;
it depends solely on what you think."
- Dale Carnegie
Add Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information,
which is "proof" against all argument,
and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is contempt prior to investigation."
- William Paley
Add Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Condemnation without investigation
is the highest form of ignorance." - Albert Einstein
Add Friday, August 28, 2015

"The capacity for self-delusion, even among scientists,
should never be under-estimated:
conviction can have profound effects on observation."
- Lewis Wolpert
Add Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"I can say categorically that most scientific researchers
with whom I have had to deal
are highly opinionated, arrogant and condescending,
and have built-in insurmountable prejudices.
While showing not the slightest
desire to learn [name omitted]'s techniques,
they were nevertheless not loath to brush aside his findings
without having any knowledge whatsoever about them."
- David Stewart Add Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Create a definite plan
for carrying out your desire
and begin at once,
whether you're ready or not,
to put this plan into action."
- Napoleon Hill Add Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"It has been my central aim in life
to search for valid information,
that is for truth, no matter how unacceptable or 'premature'
it may be considered by the 'orthodox,'
no matter how upsetting to the 'reigning paradigm.'
For man's judgment is only as good
as the information available to support it."

- Dr. Jan Merta Add Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Innovators are rarely received with joy,
and established authorities launch
into condemnation of newer truths, every crossroads in the future there are
a thousand self-appointed guardians of the past."
- Betty MacQuitty     Add Saturday, July 12, 2014

"Love is the ability and willingness
to allow those that you care for
to be what they choose for themselves
without any insistence that they satisfy you."
Wayne Dyer Add Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Never mentally imagine for another
that which you would not want
to experience for yourself,
since the mental image you send out
inevitably comes back to you."
- Rebecca Clark Add Friday, August 22, 2014

"Nothing is more painful
than to have the things that should unite us
with informed and intelligent men and women
give rise instead to unbridgeable separation."
- Goethe Add Sunday, December 20, 2015

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid
or more dangerous way of making decisions
than by putting those decisions in the hands
of people who pay no price for being wrong."
- Thomas Sowell Add Sunday, January 17, 2016

"The truth doesn't have a side."
- Dr. Bennet Omalu
Add Saturday, February 6, 2016

“The illiterate of the 21st century are
not those who cannot read or write.
The illiterate are the people who
cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Alvin Toffler Add Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new lands
but in seeing with new eyes."
-Marcel Proust Add Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Thus, the task is not so much
to see what no one yet has seen,
but to think what nobody yet has thought
about that which everybody sees."
-Schopenhauer Add Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief,
if I may so express it,
that mental lying has produced in society.
When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted
the chastity of his mind
as to subscribe his professional belief
to things he does not believe
he has prepared himself for
the commission of every other crime."
- Thomas Paine Add Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"It's easier to fool people...
than to convince them
they have been fooled."
- Mark Twain Add Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Life is a journey for us all.
We all face trials.
We all have ups and downs.
All of us are human.
But we are also the masters of our fate.
We are the ones who decide
how we are going to react to life."
Elizabeth Smart Add Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"You should never blame another person,
or conditions or circumstances
for any challenge you have in life…
If you are having a problem,
your conscious choice
is where the problem originates.
Similarly, conscious choice is where
all future success and genius begins."
Sandy Gallagher Add Monday, May 16, 2016

"The lack of critical reflection and
outside input eventually catches up
with even the greatest of artists.
No one is invincible..."
Robert Hilburn (page 421) Add Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"It is not our abilities
that show what we truly are.
It is our choices."
Prof. Dumbledore Add Friday, July 15, 2016

"Love with everything you have because
it all passes like the blink of an eye."
Johnny CashAdd Saturday, July 16, 2016

"An essential element of any art is risk.
If you don't take a risk then how are you
going to make something really beautiful,
that hasn't been seen before?"
Francis Ford CoppolaAdd Thursday, January 26, 2017




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