Albert Einstein (Physicist)

#56 Albert Einstein

It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience. .

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#58 Albert Einstein

There is not the slightest indication that [nuclear energy] will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. .

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#59 Albert Einstein

I never failed in mathematics. Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus. .

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#60 Albert Einstein

All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking. .

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#62 Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree... .

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#63 Albert Einstein

One may say "the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility." .

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#64 Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools. Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force. The essential unity of ecclesiastical and secular institutions was lost during the 19th century, to the point of senseless hostility. Yet there was never any doubt as to the striving for culture. No one doubted the sacredness of the goal. It was the approach that was disputed. .

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#65 Albert Einstein

By the way, there are increasing signs that the Russian trials are not faked, but that there is a plot among those who look upon Stalin as a stupid reactionary who has betrayed the ideas of the revolution. Though we find it difficult to imagine this kind of internal thing, those who know Russia best are all more or less of the same opinion. I was firmly convinced to begin with that it was a case of a dictator's despotic acts, based on lies and deception, but this was a delusion. .

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#66 Albert Einstein

I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field. .

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#68 Albert Einstein

Fundamental ideas play the most essential role in forming a physical theory. Books on physics are full of complicated mathematical formulae. But thought and ideas, not formulae, are the beginning of every physical theory. The ideas must later take the mathematical form of a quantitative theory, to make possible the comparison with experiment. .

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#69 Albert Einstein

The moral decline we are compelled to witness and the suffering it engenders are so oppressive that one cannot ignore them even for a moment. No matter how deeply one immerses oneself in work, a haunting feeling of inescapable tragedy persists. Still, there are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being. .

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#70 Albert Einstein

The standard bearers have grown weak in the defense of their priceless heritage, and the powers of darkness have been strengthened thereby. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character; it becomes lack of power to act with courage proportionate to danger. All this must lead to the destruction of our intellectual life unless the danger summons up strong personalities able to fill the lukewarm and discouraged with new strength and resolution. .

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#71 Albert Einstein

Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth. .

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#72 Albert Einstein

Some recent work by E. Fermi and , which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future. Certain aspects of the situation seem to call for watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action on the part of the Administration... This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable—though much less certain—that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat or exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory. However, such bombs might very well prove to be too heavy for transportation by air. .

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#73 Albert Einstein

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

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#74 Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. .

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#75 Albert Einstein

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem—in my opinion—to characterize our age. .

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#76 Albert Einstein

People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born. .

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#77 Albert Einstein

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. .

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#78 Albert Einstein

Why is it nobody understands me and everybody likes me? .

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#79 Albert Einstein

I think that it is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs. .

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#80 Albert Einstein

I fully agree with you about the significance and educational value ofas well as history and philosophy of science. So many people today — and even professional— seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest. A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is — in my opinion — the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth. .

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#81 Albert Einstein

The words or the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The psychical entities which seem to serve as elements in thoughts are certain signs and more or less clear images which can be "voluntarily" reproduced and combined. There is, of course, a certain connection between those elements and relevant logical concepts. It is also clear that the desire to arrive finally at logically connected concepts is the emotional basis of this rather vague play with the above-mentioned elements. . . . The above-mentioned elements are, in my case, of visual and some muscular type. Conventional words or other signs have to be sought for laboriously only in a secondary stage, when the mentioned associative play is sufficiently established and can be reproduced at will. .

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#82 Albert Einstein

I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist. .

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#83 Albert Einstein

Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good or evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. .

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#84 Albert Einstein

It is easier to denature plutonium than it is to denature the evil spirit of man. .

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#85 Albert Einstein

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels. .

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#86 Albert Einstein

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessary solving of an existing one. One could say it has affected us quantitatively, not qualitatively. .

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#87 Albert Einstein

As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable. .

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#88 Albert Einstein

The position in which we are now is a very strange one which in general political life never happened. Namely, the thing that I refer to is this: To have security against atomic bombs and against the other biological weapons, we have to prevent war, for if we cannot prevent war every nation will use every means that is at their disposal; and in spite of all promises they make, they will do it. At the same time, so long as war is not prevented, all the governments of the nations have to prepare for war, and if you have to prepare for war, then you are in a state where you cannot abolish war.This is really the cornerstone of our situation. Now, I believe what we should try to bring about is the general conviction that the first thing you have to abolish is war at all costs, and every other point of view must be of secondary importance. .

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#89 Albert Einstein

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. The very prevention of war requires more faith, courage and resolution than are needed to prepare for war. We must all do our share, that we may be equal to the task of peace. .

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#90 Albert Einstein

Er ist eine Skala der Proportionen, die das Schlechte schwierig und das Gute leicht macht. .

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#91 Albert Einstein

Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger. .

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#93 Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. .

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#94 Albert Einstein

I agree with your remark about loving your enemy as far as actions are concerned. But for me the cognitive basis is the trust in an unrestricted causality. "I cannot hate him, because he must do what he does." That means for me morethan the prophets. .

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#95 Albert Einstein

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. .

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#96 Albert Einstein

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore. .

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#97 Albert Einstein

I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks! .

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#98 Albert Einstein

It seems plausible, therefore, that Einstein may have been quoting or paraphrasing an expression which he had heard or read elsewhere. .

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#99 Albert Einstein

A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience. .

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#100 Albert Einstein

I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. .

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#102 Albert Einstein

Striving for peace and preparing for war are incompatible with each other, and in our time more so than ever. .

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#103 Albert Einstein

Taken on the whole, I would believe that 's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit... not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil. .

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#104 Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "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 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. .

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#105 Albert Einstein

I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs. .

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#106 Albert Einstein

I believe, indeed, that overemphasis on the purely intellectual attitude, often directed solely to the practical and factual, in our education, has led directly to the impairment of ethical values. I am not thinking so much of the dangers with which technical progress has directly confronted mankind, as of the stifling of mutual human considerations by a "matter-of-fact" habit of thought which has come to lie like a killing frost upon human relations. ... The frightful dilemma of the political world situation has much to do with this sin of omission on the part of our civilization. Without "ethical culture," there is no salvation for humanity. .

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#107 Albert Einstein

One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have. .

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#108 Albert Einstein

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

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#109 Albert Einstein

A truly rational theory would allow us to deduce the elementary particles (electron,etc.) and not be forced to state them a priori. .

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#111 Albert Einstein

I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts. .

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