Albert Einstein phrases: famous quotes and aphorisms

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Albert Einstein's phrases, selection of aphorisms and quotations relating to one of the world's leading physicists, who proved to be active in several other areas, including philosophy and politics.


Albert Einstein quotes

- Only those who try absurd things can achieve the impossible.

- My political ideal is democracy. That every man is respected as an individual and that no one is idolized.


- You never made a mistake if you never tried something new.

- Life is like riding a bicycle: if you want to stay in balance you have to move.

- Curiosity is a delicate seedling that, apart from stimuli, needs above all freedom.


- Any man who drives safely while kissing a beautiful girl is a man who is not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

- Art is the expression of the deepest thought in the simplest way.

- I believe in the God of Spinoza who reveals himself in the harmony of everything that exists, but not in a God who deals with the fate and actions of human beings.


- Life is a pendulum whose movements that oscillate between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually renewed illusions.

- The question that sometimes leaves me confused is: am I crazy or are the others crazy?

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- Continue to plant your seeds, because you will never know which ones will grow.

- Spirit, idea and love cannot be destroyed. We can erase the boundaries within which they were enclosed. But they will always stay with us.

- Nature hides its secrets because it is sublime, not because it cheats.

- One day the machines will be able to solve all the problems, but none of them will ever be able to solve one.

- Ambition and pure sense of duty do not give truly important fruits, which instead derive from love and dedication to men and things.

- The atomic bomb ... If only I had known, I would have been a watchmaker.

- There is nothing divine in morality, it is a purely human matter.


- If facts and theory don't agree, change facts.

- Knowledge is limited, imagination embraces the world.

- Whoever does not admit the unfathomable mystery cannot even be a scientist.

- Imagination is more important than knowledge.

- I have no particular talents, I'm just passionately curious.

- The concern of man and his destiny must always be the main interest of all technical efforts. Never forget it in the midst of all your diagrams and equations.


- Sometimes a thought clouds the ego: are the others crazy, or am I crazy?

- Contemporary physics is based on concepts sometimes analogous to the smile of a cat that is not there.

- I live in that loneliness that is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

- If you want to describe what is true, leave elegance to the tailor.

- You haven't really understood something until you are able to explain it to your grandmother.

- The first human need is the superfluous.

- Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, but I still have doubts about the universe.

- I live in that solitude which is painful in my youth, but delicious in my maturity years.

- Anyone who is about to elect himself to judge the truth and knowledge, shipwrecked under the laughter of the gods.

- Science is a wonderful thing ... for those who don't have to earn a living with it.

- If I were to be born again I would be a plumber.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.


- Nationalism is a childhood disease. It is the measles of humanity.

- Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.

- Every autocratic system based on violence is always followed by decadence, because violence inevitably attracts. Time has shown that rascals always happen to illustrious tyrants.

- I never think about the future. It comes so early.

- The process of scientific discovery is a continuous conflict of wonders.

- There are two ways of living life. One is to think that nothing is a miracle. The other is to think that everything is a miracle.

- A life that mainly aims to satisfy personal desires leads sooner or later to a bitter disappointment.

- The measure of intelligence is given by the ability to change when necessary.

Aphorisms Albert Einstein

- We cannot despair in humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.

- The theory is when you know everything and nothing works. The practice is when everything works and nobody knows why. We have put together theory and practice: there is nothing that works ... and nobody knows why!

- An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

- A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I have to try hard to give as much as I have received.


- Our knowledge, when compared to reality, is primitive and childish. Yet it is the greatest good we have.

- Wisdom is not the result of an education, but of a lifetime's attempt to acquire it.

- Whoever is no longer able to stop to consider with wonder and veneration is as dead: his eyes are closed.

- The mind is like a parachute. Only works if opened.

- Everything that has value in human society depends on the opportunities for progress that are given to each individual.

- The perfection of technology and the confusion of objectives seem to characterize our era.

- The concepts of physics are free creations of the human spirit and are not, despite appearances, determined solely by the outside world.

- When a man sits for an hour in the company of a beautiful girl, a minute seems to have passed. But let him sit on a stove for a minute and it will seem longer than any hour. This is relativity.

- When it comes to truth and justice, there is no distinction between big problems and small ones, because the general principles that concern man's action are indivisible.

- Revenge is sweet, especially for women.

- I have no idea what weapons will be needed to fight the Third World War, but the fourth will be fought with sticks and stones.

- Anyone who arises as a referee in matters of knowledge is destined to shipwreck in the laughter of the gods.


- Learning is an experience, everything else is just information.

- People are like bicycles: they can maintain their balance only if they keep moving.

- Do not try to become a successful man, but rather a valuable man.

- Even if the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they do not have absolute truthfulness, and if they did, then they would not refer to reality.

- Problems cannot be solved at the same level of knowledge that created them.

- Humanity will have the fate it will deserve.

- The search for truth is more precious than its possession.

- Who has to do has no time for tears.

- It is easier to break an atom than a prejudice.

- We can't expect things to change if we keep doing the same things.

- The study and research of truth and beauty represent a sphere of activity in which children are allowed to remain for life.

- The tragedy of life is what dies within every man with the passing of the days.


- Everyone knows that something is impossible to accomplish, until someone unwary arrives who does not know it and invents it.

- Those who attribute their failures and difficulties to the crisis, violate their own talent and give more value to problems than to solutions.

- A table, a chair, a fruit basket and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

- It is not the fruits of scientific research that elevate a man and enrich his nature, but the need to understand and intellectual work.

- Man invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse in the world would build a mousetrap.

- Creativity arises from anguish as the day arises from the dark night.

- To lose your mind, you need to have one!

- You cannot prevent and prepare for a war at the same time.

- God does not play dice with the universe.

- I think men are leaves that don't respect the trunks.

- The value of a man should be measured on the basis of what he gives and not on how much he is able to receive.

- A theory can be proven by an experiment. But no path leads from the experiment to the birth of a theory.

- The three rules of work: 1. Get out of the confusion, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the midst of difficulties there is a favorable opportunity.

- Men usually find it hard to attribute intelligence to someone unless they are an enemy.

- The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein phrases

- Sometimes one pays more for things he has had for free.

- It is better to be optimistic and be wrong than pessimistic and be right.

- I don't try to imagine a God; it is enough for me to look with amazement and admiration at the structure of the world, however much it allows itself to be captured by our inadequate senses.

- The serious natural catastrophes demand a change of mentality that forces us to abandon the logic of pure consumerism and promote respect for creation.

- The real crisis is the crisis of incompetence. The inconvenience of people and nations is laziness in seeking solutions and ways out.

- Not everything that can be counted matters and not everything that matters can be counted.

- The difference between real and fictitious glory lies in surviving in the story or in a story.

- The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery; it is the source of all true art and all true science.

- Talking about crisis means increasing it, and keeping silent in the crisis is enhancing conformism. Instead, we work hard. Let's end it once and for all with the only dangerous crisis, which is the tragedy of not wanting to fight to overcome it.

- Those who say it is impossible should not disturb those who are doing it.

- If the facts don't match the theory, then change the facts.

- There are no great discoveries or real progress until an unhappy child exists on earth.

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

- Madness is always doing the same thing expecting different results.

- There is nothing that calms the spirit like a rum and true religion.

- Anyone who considers their own and others' lives as meaningless is not only unhappy but barely worthy of living.

- Without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony. Without crisis there is no merit.

- The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

- God is ingenious, but not dishonest.

- It is the supreme art of the teacher, to awaken the joy of creativity and knowledge.

- The eternal merit of science has freed man from insecurities about himself and nature by acting on his mind.

- Racism is a very bad disease. More strange than anything else: it hits the whites, but it takes out the blacks.

- It stands out wonderfully well from the admirable works to which Kepler dedicated his life, that knowledge cannot derive from experience alone, but that a comparison is needed between what the human spirit has conceived and what it has observed.

- Everything you can imagine, nature has already created it.

- It is in the crisis that the best of everyone emerges, because without the crisis all the winds are only light breezes.

- Few people see with their own eyes and have feelings with their hearts.

- I don't believe in a personal God and I have never denied this fact, on the contrary, I have always expressed my beliefs clearly. If something in me can be called religious it is my boundless admiration for the structure of the world that science has so far been able to reveal.

- If A equals success, then the formula is: A equals X plus Y plus Z, where X is the job, Y the game, Z the keeping the mouth closed.

- It is in the crisis that inventiveness, discoveries and great strategies arise.

- Everyone is a genius. But if he judges a fish by his ability to climb trees he will spend all his life thinking himself stupid.

- In my opinion, the choice of vegetarian life, even if only for its physical effects on human temperament, would have an extremely beneficial influence on most of humanity.

- Don't worry about the difficulties you encounter in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are even bigger.

- I fear the day when technology will go beyond our humanity: the world will then be populated by a generation of idiots.

- Everything is relative. Take an over one hundred year old who breaks a mirror: he will be happy to know that he still has seven years of misfortunes.

- Those who overcome the crisis overcome themselves without being overcome.

- Fantasy is more important than knowledge.

- Once the theoretical idea is acquired, it is good to follow it until it leads to an unsustainable conclusion.

- A man is old only when regrets in him overcome dreams.

- Coincidences are God's way of making himself anonymous.

- Nothing will give the chance of survival on earth as much as the evolution towards a vegetarian diet.

- I now know the inconstancy of all human relationships and I have learned to isolate myself from the cold and heat in order to still guarantee a good thermal balance.

- I never teach my students anything. I'm just trying to put them in a position to learn.

- Education is what remains after we forget everything we learned in school.

- Never consider studying as a duty, but as an enviable opportunity to learn about the liberating effect of spiritual beauty, not only for your own enjoyment, but for the good of the community to which your future work belongs.

The Best Quotes from Albert Einstein (October 2020)


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