Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated 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 us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike--and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

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

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.

I never thought that others would take them so much more seriously then I did.
Albert Einstein, about his theories

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.

A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems shorter than a minute. But tell that same man to sit on a hot stove for a minute, it is longer than any hour. That's relativity.

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

I don't know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

The release of 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.

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.

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