Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Out of My Later Years (1950), ch. 14
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.Albert EinsteinLetter to his son Eduard (5 February 1930), as quoted in Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007, pg. 367)
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.Albert EinsteinAs quoted by Ernst Straus in Einstein: A Centenary Volume by A.P. French (1980, pg. 32).Variant: "If you want to be a happy man, you should tie your life to a goal, not to other people and not to things." A quote from Ernst Straus' memoir of Einstein in Albert Einstein: Historical and Cultural Perspectives edited by Gerald Holton and Yehuda Elkana (1982, pg. 420).
I believe the main task of the spirit is to free man from his ego.Albert Einsteinp. 109 (Einstein and the Poet (1983))
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.Albert Einstein"Self-Portrait" (1936), p. 5.
To take those fools in clerical garb seriously is to show them too much honor.Albert EinsteinComment on the Union of Orthodox Rabbis after expelling a rabbi because of his disbelief in God as a personal entity.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.Albert Einstein"My Future Plans" an essay written at age 17 for school exam (18 September 1896) The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Vol. 1 (1987) Doc.22
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.Albert EinsteinAttributed to Albert Einstein. Possibly paraphrased from remarks in "On the Method of Theoretical Physics", Herbert Spencer Lecture, Oxford (10 June 1933), Philosophy of Science, Vol. 1, No. 2 (April 1934), pp. 163-169, p. 165.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.Albert EinsteinAs quoted by Virgil Henshaw in Albert Einstein : Philosopher Scientist (1949) edited by Paul A. Schilpp
I want to know how God created this world. I'm not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.Albert Einsteinp. 123E. Salaman, "A Talk with Einstein," The Listener 54 (1955): 370-371
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.Albert EinsteinTreasury Of Spiritual Wisdom: A Collection Of 10,000 Powerful Quotations For Transforming (30 January 2003), p.433
Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein in a letter to his cousin and second wife Elsa, during a visit to the University of Oxford, in collection donated to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel by Einstein's stepdaughter Margot, as quoted in "Einstein in no-sock shock", New Scientist (15 July 2006).
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein. Buziak, Cari (2011). Calligraphy Magic: How to Create Lettering, Knotwork, Coloring and More. North Light Books. p. 79.
In order to be a perfect member of a flock of sheep, one has to be, foremost, a sheep.Albert EinsteinThe New Quotable Einsteinvariant translation from Ideas and Opinions: "In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
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.Albert EinsteinStatement on the occasion of Gandhi's 70th birthday (1939) Einstein archive 32-601, published in Out of My Later Years (1950).Variant: Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.Albert Einsteinp. 83 - letter to Adrianna Enriques, Oct 1921
Why is it nobody understands me and everybody likes me?Albert EinsteinAs quoted in New York Times article "The Einstein Theory of Living; At 65 he leads the simplest of lives — and grapples with the most complex thoughts." (12 March 1944)Variants:Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me?As quoted in The Dark Side of Shakespeare : An Elizabethan Courtier, Diplomat, Spymaster, & Epic Hero (2003) by W. Ron Hess
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.Albert EinsteinLetter to Carl Seelig (11 March 1952), Einstein Archives 39-013
A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.Albert EinsteinLetter to Dr. H. L. Gordon (May 3, 1949 - AEA 58-217) as quoted in Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007) by Walter Isaacson.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.Albert EinsteinMy First Impression of the USA (1921).
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