Albert Einstein Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Albert Einstein: The Human Side, 1979, p.56
1. Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
#2 Symposium on Structure of Enzymes and Proteins, 1956, p. 284
2. How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
#3 Einstein and the Poet, 1983, p.87
3. To simplify the concept of relativity, I always use the following example: if you sit with a girl on a garden bench and the moon is shining, then for you the hour will be a minute. However, if you sit on a hot stove, the minute will be an hour.
4. Love is a better teacher than duty.
5. Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.
6. When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.
7. Love is a better master than duty.
8. Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was an ethnically Jewish, German-born, theoretical physicist of the 20th century who is best known for his theories of special relativity and general relativity. He also made important contributions to statistical mechanics, especially his treatment of Brownian motion, his resolution of the paradox of specific heats, and his connection of fluctuations and dissipation. Despite his reservations about its interpretation, Einstein also made contributions to quantum mechanics and, indirectly, quantum field theory, primarily through his theoretical studies of the photon.
Einstein published more than 300 scientific works and more than 150 non-scientific works. In 1999 Time magazine named him the Person of the Century, and in the words of a biographer, “to the scientifically literate and the public at large, Einstein is synonymous with genius.”
Sayings from Albert Einstein
#1 The Literary Digest: Volume 107 on p. 29
1. “I never think of the future,” he said. “It comes soon enough.”
2. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
3. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
4. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
5. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
6. Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
7. Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
#8 (Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.’, LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64
8. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
#9 In answer to a question asked by the editors of Youth, a journal of Young Israel of Williamsburg, NY. Quoted in the New York Times, June 20, 1932, pg. 17
9. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
10. 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.
11. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
12. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
13. True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
#14 Atomic Education Urged by Einstein, New York Times, 25 May 1946
14. A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.
#15 Quoted in Einstein Lived Here by Abraham Pais, 1994, p. 214
15. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
#16-17 Mein Weltbild (My World-view), 1931
16. How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times 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 …
17. I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. 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.
18. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
19. 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.
20. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
#21 LIFE magazine, 2 May 1955
21. Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.
22. A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
23. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
24. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
25. The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate.
26. Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.
#27 Letter to his son Eduard (5 February 1930), as quoted in Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe, 2007, p. 367
27. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
#28-29 Viereck interview, 1929
28. 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.
29. I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.
#30 Ernst Straus in Einstein: A Centenary Volume by A.P. French, 1980, p. 32
30. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
31. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
#32 Attributed to Einstein by his colleague Léopold Infeld in his book Quest: An Autobiography, 1949, p. 291
32. I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
#33-34 Einstein and the Poet, 1983
33. Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.
34. If we want to improve the world we cannot do it with scientific knowledge but with ideals. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi have done more for humanity than science has done. We must begin with the heart of man—with his conscience—and the values of conscience can only be manifested by selfless service to mankind.
#35 Letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, 19 March 1940
35. 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.
36. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
39. The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.
40. Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.
41. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
#42 Einstein’s tribute to Pablo Casals, 30 March 1953, in Conversations with Casals, 1957
42. … the world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
43. I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
44. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
45. I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.
46. 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.
47. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
48. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
49. A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.
#50 Essay to Leo Baeck, 1953
50. Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien. Such is the stuff of which the great moral leaders are made.
51. Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
52. 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.
53. The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.
54. Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.
55. We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
56. Student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.
57. Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.
58. 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.
#59 United Nations radio interview recorded in Einstein’s study, Princeton, New Jersey (1950)
59. Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit… not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil.
60. 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.
61. It is humankind’s duty to respect all life, not only animals have feelings but even also trees and plants.
62. To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It’s futile to gaze at the world through a car window.
63. I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them, I did it myself.
#64 Ich habe keine besondere Begabung, sondern bin nur leidenschaftlich neugierig. Letter to Carl Seelig, 11 March 1952
64. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
65. Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
66. Creativity is intelligence having fun.
67. If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
68. I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.