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Albert Einstein

  • German physicist
  • Born March 14, 1879
  • Died April 18, 1955

Albert Einstein (; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.


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

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




The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.




The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.




I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.




The only real valuable thing is intuition.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.




We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.




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

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




All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.




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

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




Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.




Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.




Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.




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

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




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




Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.




I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.




It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.




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

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




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.

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.




Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.




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

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




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

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




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

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




The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.




Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.




You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.




The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.




Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.




I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.

I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.




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

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




The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.




As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.




God does not play dice.




Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.




Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!




We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.



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