Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
A man's ethical behavior 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.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
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.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.
Little is the number that think with their own mind and feel with their own heart.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
The man who enjoys marching in line and file to the strains of music falls below my contempt: he received is great brain by mistake; the spinal cord would have been amply sufficient.
The release of the atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known I should have become a watchmaker.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is all comprehensible.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are not even capable of forming such opinions.
I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. - New York Post, 28 November 1972