Albert Einstein a motivator, a physicist, a famous scientist, is one of the most influential scientists. At an early age of 26 years, he published four papers on physics sky-rocketing him to global recognition.
How can one pass school and not know about his theory of relativity and his famous math equation E = mc2 (called the “the world’s most famous equation”)? The theory which broke barriers by bringing to light that matter can be turned into energy.
Einsteins the genius experienced his share of worries. His growing up days were not so smooth sailing. He often felt like an alien in the elementary and grammar school – due to the rigid pedagogical approach to learning. It is very evident in his sayings and books the pain he felt at the faulty education system. He suffered from speech challenges and was an average pupil in the school. His schooling was a major reason for his perspective on education and human potential.
Einstein was hugely passionate and curious about mathematics and science. He finished his studies in 1900 in Zurich. However, it was while working with the Swiss Patent Office in Bern (1902 – 1909) when he developed the special theory of relativity that influenced the world.
In 1916 he published a paper on general relativity with his theory of gravitation. It was Einstein who explained the particle theory and the motion of molecules. Apart from this, Einstein “laid the foundation of the photon theory of light” by investigating the thermal properties of light.
In was in 1917, when he applied for the theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe.
In 1921 Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”
Due to the rise of Nazis the Jewish born Albert Einstein was a target to be assassinated. This very reason made him shift to the USA in 1933. Thereafter he worked with the Princeton University in New Jersey. He actively took part in curtailing the use of the atom bomb and even fought for the cause. Einstein was a voice strongly against nationalism and racism.
Albert Einstein is another name for genius and creativity. He was a rare gem – named Person of the century by TIME in 1999. He is special and relatable even today because of his childlike wonder and a deep sense of love for the human race.
It would be incomplete to talk about Albert Einstein and not talk about his love for music. Einstein had a great appreciation for music right from an early age. he wrote: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. “
It was his mother who introduced him to learn the violin at the age of 5, however, he did not enjoy it at that early age. It was when he turned 13 that he discovered the violin sonatas of Mozart. He learned on his own and said: “love is a better teacher than a sense of duty.”
Music was a permanent feature in Einstein’s life thereon. He played chamber music for private audiences and close friends.
I have assimilated short inspirational quotes together to understand the enigma, Albert Einstein :
1. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
2. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
3. “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.”
4. “The only escape from the miseries of life is music and cats.”
5. “Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.”
6. “Past is dead, Future is uncertain; Present is all you have, So eat, drink and live merry.”
7. “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”
8. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
9. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
10. “Play is the highest form of research.”
11. “Force always attracts men of low morality.”
12. “An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.”
13. “Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
14. “At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.”
15. “We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of 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.”
16. “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
17. “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”
18. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
19. “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
20. “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”
21. “Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way.”
22. “Life isn’t worth living unless it is lived for someone else.”
23. “All generalizations are false, including this one.”
24. “Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.”
25. “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.”
26. “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”
27. “Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”
28. “It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.”
29. “Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information.”
30. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
31. “Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
32. “Dancers are the athletes of God.”
33. “Always do what’s right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.”
34. “Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as hard duty. 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.”
35. “Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind.”
36. “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it, he who doesn’t, pays it.”
37. “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
38. “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.”
39. “To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.”
40. “Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
41. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”
42. “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.”
43. “Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear, and greed.”
44. “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
45. “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”
46. “The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”
47. “The devil has put a penalty on all the things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”
48. “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”
49. “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; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this, it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.”
50. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
51. “It occurred to me by intuition, and the music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”
52. “How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill.”
53. “In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all, be a sheep.”
54. “One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.”
55. “A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity. ”
56. “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
57. “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”
58. “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.”
59. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”
60. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
61. “The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.”
62. “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
63. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
64. “Everyone must become their own person, however frightful that may be.”
65. “A student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.”
66. “Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man presents his views without penalty, there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
67. “It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.”
68. “Intelligence is not the ability to store information but to know where to find it.”
69. “I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.”
70. “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. That’s relativity.”
71. “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
72. “When the solution is simple, God is answering.”
73. “God is subtle but he is not malicious.”
74. “Failure is success in progress.”
75. “Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.”
76. “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence a lot of mankind.”
77. “Life is a preparation for the future, and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”
78. “Intelligent life on other planets? I’m not even sure there is on earth!”
79. “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”
80. “Curiosity is more important than knowledge.”
81. “Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”
82. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
83. “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.”
84. “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
85. “For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.”
86. “We sleep 1/3 of our lives away.”
87. “The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”
88. “The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
― Albert Einstein, The Theory of Relativity and Other Essays
90. “The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
91. “Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.”
92. “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
93. “Information is not knowledge.”
More the knowledge lesser the ego, lesser the knowledge more the ego.”
95. “Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity.
From discord find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
96. “The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.”
97. “Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life.”
98. “I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.”
99. “The word ‘God’ is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.”
100. “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”
101. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
102. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
103. “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
104. “I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference!”
105. “Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilization in high boots.”
106. “Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
107. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
108. Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.
109. “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
110. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
111. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
112. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”
113. “Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”
114. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
115. “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”
116. “Those who have the privilege to know to have the duty to act.”
117. “If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”
118. “On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th birthday. “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
119. “A perfection of means and confusion of aims seems to be our main problem.”
120. “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”
121. Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
122. 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.
123. Failing isn’t bad when you learn what not to do.
125. As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.
126. I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not an accumulation of facts.
127. I want to go when I want to. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.
128. Knowledge of what it does not open the door directly to what should be.
129. Growth comes through analogy; through seeing how things connect, rather than only seeing how they might be different.
130. If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
131. We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
132. You are right in speaking of the moral foundations of science, but you cannot turn around and speak of the scientific foundations of morality.
133. Success = 1 part work + 1 part play + 1 part keep your mouth shut.
134. The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking … the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. (1945)
135. If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
136. I believe in intuition and inspiration. 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.― Albert Einstein, On Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms
137. Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.
138. Adversity introduces a man to himself.
139. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
140. Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
141. A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.
142. To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone.
143. If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
144. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
145. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
145. Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.
146. Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
147. You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
148. Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
149. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.
150. Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.
151. When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.
152. 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 might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.
153. I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
154. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
155. God does not play dice with the universe.
156. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
157. Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.
158. Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.
159. If tomorrow were never to come, it would not be worth living today.
Albert Einstein, On Humanism
160. As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
161. Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
162. The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.
163. 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.
164. Be a voice, not an echo.
165. Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.
166. How was I able to live alone before, my little everything? Without you, I lack self-confidence, passion for work, and enjoyment of life–in short, without you, my life is no life. (Written to his wife, Mileva) ― Albert Einstein
167. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
168. Necessity is the mother of all invention.
169. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
170. Out of clutter, find simplicity.
171. Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.
172. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
173. I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
174. It is important to foster individuality, for only the individual can produce new ideas.
175. Student: Dr. Einstein, Aren’t these the same questions as last year’s [physics] final exam? Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.
176. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
177. The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
178. What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.
179. 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.
180. Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
181. I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.
182. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
183. Imagination is the highest form of research.
184. “However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.”
185. “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
186. “Nothing happens until something moves.”
187. “To invent something, all you need is imagination and a big pile of junk.”
188. “Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.”
189. “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.”
190. “The future is not a gift it is an achievement.”
191. “Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music, I get most joy in life out of music.”
192. “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”
193. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
194. “So long as there are men, there will be wars.”
195. “It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.”
196. “Love is a better master than duty.”
197. “Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
198. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
199. “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.”
200. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain, children, all our lives.”
201. “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”
202. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life coming attractions.”
203. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
204. “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
205. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
206. “I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”
207. “Never memorize something that you can look up.”
208. “Education is not the learning of facts, it’s rather the training of the mind to think.”
209. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.”
210. “The 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.”
211. “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.”
212. “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
213. “I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
214. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”
215. “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”
216. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
217. “Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay.”
218. “One picture is worth a thousand words.”
219. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
220. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
221. “Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.”
222. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
223. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
224. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
225. “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
226. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
227. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
228. “Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.”
229. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
230. “A man should look for what is, not for what he thinks should be.”
231. “Knowledge exists in two forms – lifeless, stored in books, and alive, in the consciousness of men. The second form of existence is after all the essential one; the first, indispensable as it may be, occupies only an inferior position.”
232. “A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it’s built for.”
233. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
234. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
235. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
236. “What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.”
237. “I am not more gifted than the average human being. If you know anything about history, you would know that is so..what hard times I had in studying and the fact that I do not have a memory like some other people do… I am just more curious than the average person and I will not give up on a problem until I have found the proper solution. This is one of my greatest satisfaction in life..solving problems..and the harder they are, the more satisfaction do I get out of them. Maybe you could consider me a bit more patient in continuing with my problem than is the average human being. Now, if you understand what I have just told you, you see that it is not a matter of being more gifted but a matter of being more curious and maybe more patient until you solve a problem.”
238. “If one tries to navigate unknown waters one runs the risk of shipwreck. ”