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You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ---->>>

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

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

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ---->>>

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ---->>>

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

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

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

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. ---->>>

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ---->>>

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

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

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ---->>>

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

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

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. ---->>>

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

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

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

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

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

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

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. ---->>>

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? ---->>>

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

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

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. ---->>>

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

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

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. ---->>>

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.

The environment is everything that isn't me.

The environment is everything that isn't me.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. ---->>>

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. ---->>>

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive. ---->>>

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

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

Information is not knowledge.

Information is not knowledge.

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance. ---->>>

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. ---->>>

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

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

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. ---->>>

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ---->>>

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

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.

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.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. ---->>>

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder. ---->>>

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. ---->>>

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. ---->>>

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. ---->>>

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

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

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events. ---->>>

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. ---->>>

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case. ---->>>

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds. ---->>>

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

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

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

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. ---->>>

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

The only real valuable thing is intuition. ---->>>

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.

Love is a better teacher than duty.

Love is a better teacher than duty.

I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly. ---->>>

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. ---->>>

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. ---->>>

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. ---->>>

The faster you go, the shorter you are. ---->>>

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ---->>>

I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards. ---->>>

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.

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

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

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

God does not play dice.

God does not play dice.

Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe. ---->>>

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

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal. ---->>>

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.

I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.

I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. ---->>>

Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow? ---->>>

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. ---->>>

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.

Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion. ---->>>

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ---->>>

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.

Force always attracts men of low morality.

Force always attracts men of low morality.

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. ---->>>

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself. ---->>>

I have just got a new theory of eternity. ---->>>

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

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

People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world. ---->>>

You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one. ---->>>

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

It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.

It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.

To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground. ---->>>

God always takes the simplest way.

God always takes the simplest way.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. ---->>>

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. ---->>>

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Never lose a holy curiosity. ---->>>

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. ---->>>

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. ---->>>

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

One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

The man of science is a poor philosopher. ---->>>

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions. ---->>>

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

Biography

Nationality: German
Born: March 14, 1879
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Die: 04-18, 1955
Occupation: Physicist
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Albert Einstein (; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈaɪnʃtaɪn]; 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science (wikipedia)