Albert Einstein; a name that has changed the world explaining all the bizarre of physics working them, in reality, better than anyone after Isaac Newton and earning the title Genius. The Time magazine also named him Person of the Century. Here are 50 top quotes of this great mind:



“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”


“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”


“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.”



“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”


“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.”



“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.”


“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.”


“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”


“As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists.”


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”




“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute — and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”


“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”


“It is true that my parents were worried because I began to speak fairly late, so that they even consulted a doctor. I can’t say how old I was — but surely not less than three.”


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


“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.”





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


“If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.”


“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”


“Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race.”


“Never memorize something that you can look up.”




“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.”


“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.”


“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a lone traveler and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.”


“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”


“If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self.”




“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”


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


“The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.”


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




“The aim [of education] must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.”


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


“Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.”


“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”


“I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express in words afterwards.”




“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 feeling 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.”


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


“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”


“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”


“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”




“The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind … is akin to that of the religious worshipper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.”


“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”


“The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems … I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.”


“You never fail until you stop trying.”


“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.”




“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”


“The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.”


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


“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.”


“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.”

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