Einstein Wisdom

31 01 2008

I love these thirty quotes of Einstein, he is regarded as a genius, but this shows that his genius is not confined to science alone. There is too much emphasis nowadays on putting everything into isolated categories. This is a mistake: everything is interconnected, and should be balanced.

These quotes of Einstein illustrate that genius in science can, and should be, combined with insight, humour, religion, and humanity.

Actually, for me this puts most of the professional philosophers to shame. 🙂

  1. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
  2. “I, at any rate, am convinced that He (God) does not throw dice.”
  3. “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  4. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
  5. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
  6. Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”
  7. “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.”
  8. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  9. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”
  10. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
  11. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”
  12. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
  13. “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
  14. “Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size.”
  15. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
  16. 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.”
  17. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
  20. “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
  21. “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are all greater”
  22. In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”
  23. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
  24. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  25. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”
  26. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
  27. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  28. “Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.”

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11 responses

1 02 2008
Lofter

Brilliant! I actually used to have the #1 quote printed and framed on the wall of my office… sort of a gentle reminder to those who seemed bound by their high-priced educations that some things simply can’t be learned from a book!
Thanks for sharing these! You made a fat man smile! 😀

1 02 2008
Aafke

For me knowledge feeds my imagination. 🙂

Aquiring knowledge is like eating; I love it. But it means little if not combined with a free mind and a loving heart.

As a writer put it in an eighteenth century novel: (the first one written in Dutch) ”People whom I love, and care for, not for the fine knowledge of their minds, but for the goodness in their hearts”

And, Lofter, if you got used to a healthy diet, and stopped using beer as a food-supplement, you wouldn’t be fat!!! 🙂
I read your comment on Tasmaniacs’ blog }:)

1 02 2008
Lofter

What? No beer? You’re kidding, right? :-0
Besides, if there were no fat people in the world, the skinny people would starve themselves to death trying to find someone to look better than! We do serve our purpose! LOL!

2 02 2008
Marahm

Hi, Aafke,

I found your blog via American Bedu, and I was charmed by your love of both horses, books, and Arabic culture, all of which I share. These Einstein quotes are precious! Much better than some of those inane and stereotyped gems of common wisdom that circulate perennially through the Net.

2 02 2008
Aafke

Hi, marahm, welcome to my blog! 🙂

And thanks for the kind words 🙂

5 02 2008
Amina Ae Sook

One again I humbled by the wise words of Hakim Einstein.

5 02 2008
Tasmaniac

I like No.5 How true….

5 02 2008
Aafke

No. 19 is especially aposite right now, I think.

6 02 2008
Lofter

#19 is good, but I still like Jimi Hendrix better… “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.”
Does this make Jimi a genius…? Me thinks maybe so! 😀

6 02 2008
Amina Ae Sook

On 19# “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
And that is why we need a Miss Understanding pageant. 😀

7 02 2008
Aafke

And we’ll be runner-ups at least!!!! 🙂

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