Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed.

We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

It is the theory that decides what we can observe.

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.<br> It is the source of all art and science.

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 any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.

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