Physicist quotes

#1 Albert Einstein

Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens. .

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#2 Albert Einstein

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about future
#3 Albert Einstein

Unthinkingfor authority is the greatest enemy of truth. .

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#4 Albert Einstein

Dear Habicht, / Such a solemn air of silence has descended between us that I almost feel as if I am committing a sacrilege when I break it now with some inconsequential babble... / What are you up to, you frozen whale, you smoked, dried, canned piece of soul...? .

Albert Einstein Quotes about soul
#5 Albert Einstein

E = mc .

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#6 Albert Einstein

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. .

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#7 Albert Einstein

We shall therefore assume the complete physical equivalence of a gravitational field and a corresponding acceleration of the reference system. .

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#8 Albert Einstein

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. .

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#9 Albert Einstein

Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about mind
#10 Albert Einstein

In living through this "great epoch," it is difficult to reconcile oneself to the fact that one belongs to that mad, degenerate species that boasts of its free will. How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will! In such a place even I should be an ardent patriot! .

Albert Einstein Quotes about living
#12 Albert Einstein

Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about progress
#13 Albert Einstein

I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about men
#14 Albert Einstein

I have also considered many scientific plans during my pushing you around in your pram! .

Albert Einstein Quotes about man
#15 Albert Einstein

Make a lot of walks to get healthy and don’t read that much but save yourself some until you’re grown up. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about self
#16 Albert Einstein

Dear mother! Today a joyful notice.has telegraphed me that the English expeditions have really proven the deflection of light at the sun. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about joy
#17 Albert Einstein

By an application of the theory of relativity to the taste of readers, today in Germany I am called a German man of science, and in England I am represented as a Swiss Jew. If I come to be represented as a b .

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#18 Albert Einstein

How much do I loveMore than I could tell with words… .

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#19 Albert Einstein

Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not. .

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#20 Albert Einstein

The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the "old one." I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about secret
#21 Albert Einstein

Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. .

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#22 Albert Einstein

How much do I love that noble man More than I could tell with words I fear though he'll remain alone With a holy halo of his own. .

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#23 Albert Einstein

We may assume the existence of an aether; only we must give up ascribing a definite state of motion to it, i.e. we must by abstraction take from it the last mechanical characteristic which Lorentz had still left it. … But this ether may not be thought of as endowed with the quality characteristic of ponderable inedia, as consisting of parts which may be tracked through time. The idea of motion may not be applied to it. .

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#24 Albert Einstein

I am neither a German citizen, nor do I believe in anything that can be described as a "Jewish faith." But I am a Jew and glad to belong to the Jewish people, though I do not regard it in any way as chosen. .

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#25 Albert Einstein

Raffiniert ist der Herrgott, aber boshaft ist er nicht. .

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#26 Albert Einstein

When a man after long years of searching chances on a thought which discloses something of the beauty of this mysterious universe, he should not therefore be personally celebrated. He is already sufficiently paid by his experience of seeking and finding. In science, moreover, the work of the individual is so bound up with that of his scientific predecessors and contemporaries that it appears almost as an impersonal product of his generation. .

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#27 Albert Einstein

[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think. .

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#28 Albert Einstein

I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of sudden a thought occurred to me: If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight. I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation. .

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#29 Albert Einstein

May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul. .

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#30 Albert Einstein

Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the "old one." I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about sin
#32 Albert Einstein

Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious. .

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#33 Albert Einstein

Ich glaube an Spinozas Gott, der sich in der gesetzlichen Harmonie des Seienden offenbart, nicht an einen Gott, der sich mit Schicksalen und Handlungen der Menschen abgibt. .

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#34 Albert Einstein

If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut. .

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#35 Albert Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. .

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#36 Albert Einstein

I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about hate
#39 Albert Einstein

The really good music, whether of the East or of the West, cannot be analyzed. .

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#40 Albert Einstein

To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about self
#41 Albert Einstein

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about future
#42 Albert Einstein

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. You cannot subjugate a nation forcibly unless you wipe out every man, woman, and child. Unless you wish to use such drastic measures, you must find a way of settling your disputes without resort to arms. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about understanding
#43 Albert Einstein

It is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about men
#44 Albert Einstein

Der Glaube an eine vom wahrnehmenden Subjekt unabh .

Albert Einstein Quotes about men
#45 Albert Einstein

The scientific organization and comprehensive exposition in accessible form of the Talmud has a twofold importance for us Jews. It is important in the first place that the high cultural values of the Talmud should not be lost to modern minds among the Jewish people nor to science, but should operate further as a living force. In the second place, The Talmud must be made an open book to the world, in order to cut the ground from under certain malevolent attacks, of anti-Semitic origin, which borrow countenance from the obscurity and inaccessibility of certain passages in the Talmud. To support this cultural work would thus mean an important achievement for the Jewish people. .

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#46 Albert Einstein

I am not only abut apacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. .

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#48 Albert Einstein

Today, in twelve countries, young men are resisting conscription and refusing military service. They are the pioneers of a warless world. .

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#49 Albert Einstein

I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. .

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#50 Albert Einstein

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas; he must burst it open, and that in his youth, and so try to test his ideas on reality. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about reality
#51 Albert Einstein

I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one ? .

Albert Einstein Quotes about mind
#52 Albert Einstein

For any one who is pervaded with the sense of causal law in all that happens, who accepts in real earnest the assumption of causality, the idea of a Being who interferes with the sequence of events in the world is absolutely impossible. Neither the religion of fear nor the social-moral religion can have any hold on him. .

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#53 Albert Einstein

As an eminent pioneer in the realm of high frequency currents... I congratulate you on the great successes of your life's work. .

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#54 Albert Einstein

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. .

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#55 Albert Einstein

Our experience hitherto justifies us in trusting that nature is the realization of the simplest that is mathematically conceivable. I am convinced that purely mathematical construction enables us to find those concepts and those lawlike connections between them that provide the key to the understanding of natural phenomena. Useful mathematical concepts may well be suggested by experience, but in no way can they be derived from it. Experience naturally remains the sole criterion of the usefulness of a mathematical construction for physics. But the actual creative principle lies in mathematics. Thus, in a certain sense, I take it to be true that pure thought can grasp the real, as the ancients had dreamed. .

Albert Einstein Quotes about nature
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