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Albert Einstein Quotes


Albert Einstein At the turn of the twentieth century a young German scientist was cruising through an easy job at the patent office in Bern Switzerland, in fact his job was so easy it afforded him the time to work on his scientific theories that were about to shake the world of theoretical physics to its core. The genius scientist was none other than Albert Einstein who published four papers in 1905 that led to him gaining a 1921 Nobel prize in physics for his discovery of the Photoelectric Effect and more importantly where he presented to the world his first paper on the theory of relativity. It was ground breaking stuff that many seasoned scientists could not easily grasp, yet this was also the dawn of a soon to be atomic age inspired by the world famous Einstein equation E=mc2. Albert was not involved directly in the Manhattan Project that led to the creation of the worlds first atomic bomb, he did however encourage the U.S. to develop such a weapon out of a fear that Nazi Germany were close to creating the bomb themselves. When he later found out that the Germans were not close to creating the bomb he bitterly regretted giving encouragement for such a weapon of mass destruction. During WWI he was alienated in Germany for his pacifist anti war stance and he later fled Germany during the Nazi regimes rise to power in the early 1930's. He was a great analytical thinker whose creative mind gave him the imagination to see beyond mere knowledge and poke his nose into subject matter that academia would never dare to even dream of. The mere mention of his surname inspires thoughts of the legendary scientific hero with the crazy hair and the dishevelled look who put real meaning into the words of wisdom he shared with the world at large. He preferred to work alone and Einstein was even quoted as saying: "I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or team work". His eccentric behaviour even extended to the mess that occupied his work desk as he wittily quipped: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk". He had an artistic streak in his creative mind which led him to become an accomplished violinist who soothingly glided bow over strings throughout his life. Albert was also a philosopher of great note who will inspire people for many millennia to come with his words that saw beyond common sense and extended into fountains of wisdom for all to digest. I too take great inspiration from one of the most eminent theoretical physicists and philosophers of the twentieth century who has bequeathed the world with more than just science, so here is my compilation of 21 of the best quotes by Albert Einstein
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Albert Einstein
  • Born: 14th March 1879, Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
  • Died: 18th April 1955, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Swiss Federal Polytechnic and University of Zurich
  • Occupation: Theoretical physicist
  • Thesis: A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions (1905)
  • Major awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1921) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1926)
  • Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
  • Influenced: David Hume, Ernst G. Straus, Erwin Schrödinger, Nathan Rosen, Leó Szilárd, Michio Kaku, Philip Glass, Satyendra Nath Bose and Steven Hawking
  • Trivia: Upon his death he wished to be cremated and his ashes scattered at a secret location, however against his and his family's wishes the Princeton pathologist who performed his autopsy removed his brain for neuroscientific study
  • Quotes about Albert Einstein: The theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer said this in recognition of his scientific status: "Einstein was a physicist, a natural philosopher, the greatest of our time"
  • The physicist Richard Feynman went to great heights when he said about him: "Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. Those of us who are not so tall have to choose"
  • The astronomer and mathematician W. H. McCrea spoke of his insightfulness when he said: "Far more than anyone else, he caused physicists to think in terms of probabilities"

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits"

Albert Einstein

"If you can't explain something simply, you don't know enough about it"

Albert Einstein

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones"

Albert Einstein

"Experience is knowledge. All the rest is information"

Albert Einstein

"Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it"

Albert Einstein

"The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance"

Albert Einstein

"Don't listen to the person who has the answers; Listen to the person who has the questions"

Albert Einstein

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it"

Albert Einstein

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one"

Albert Einstein

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new"

Albert Einstein

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"

Albert Einstein

"Once you stop learning, you start dying"

Albert Einstein

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere"

Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"

Albert Einstein

"Failure is success in progress"

Albert Einstein

"Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent People Ignore"

Albert Einstein

"Intellectuals solve problems genius's prevent them"

Albert Einstein

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them"

Albert Einstein

"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them"

Albert Einstein

"An empty stomach is not a good political adviser"

Albert Einstein

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"

Albert Einstein

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