To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty... this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
We must not only learn to tolerate our differences. We must welcome them as the richness and diversity which can lead to true intelligence.
The music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it -- that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed.
Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.
Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder.
Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.
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.
Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Israel is the only place on earth where Jews have the possibility to shape public life according to their own traditional ideals.
Everybody should be ashamed who uses the wonders of science and engineering without thinking and having mentally realized not more of it than a cow realizes of the botany of the plants which it eats with pleasure.
The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity... out of discord, harmony... and out of difficulty, opportunity.
I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.
We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
The more a country makes military weapons, the more insecure it becomes: if you have weapons, you become a target for attack.
With all my heart I believe that the world's present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war and inhumanity, and that only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.
I do know that kind fate allowed me to find a couple of nice ideas after many years of feverish labor.
When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.
What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.
It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our thinking. Thus, we are drifting toward catastrophe beyond conception. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.
Men should continue to fight, but they should fight for things worth while, not for imaginary geographical lines, racial prejudices and private greed draped in the color's of patriotism.
I have only two rules which I regard as principles of conduct. The first is: Have no rules. The second is: Be independent of the opinion of others.
Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true.
All conditions and all circumstances in our lives are a result of a certain level of thinking. If we want to change the conditions and circumstances, we have to change the level of thinking that is responsible for it.
Time is not at all what it seems. It does not flow in only one direction, and the future exists simultaneously with the past.
The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
The true definition of madness is repeating the same action, over and over, hoping for a different result.
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.
Everything that exists in your life, does so because of two things: something you did or something you didn't do.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Nothing happens until something moves.
Nothing happens until something moves. When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected.
Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. Intuition tells man his purpose in this life.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed to the empty. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury—have always seemed to me contemptible.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.
As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly significant.
The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.
Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.
When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me. And now see what has become of me.
Man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
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.
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.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
All I have is a sense of duty toward all people and an attachment to those with whom I have become intimate.
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.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
The goal of pacifism is possible only though a supranational organization. To stand unconditionally for this cause is the criterion of true pacifism.
My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred.
I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.
Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge.
The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.
The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things.
I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.
Full well do I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person should do the thinking and commanding.
Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not.
Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
Common sense invents and constructs no less than its own field than science does in its domain. It is, however, in the nature of common sense not to be aware of this situation.
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
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.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way.
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 trust and justice there can be no distinction between big problems and small, for the general principles which determine the conduct of men are indivisible. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
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.
True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
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.
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 fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
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.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
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.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character; it becomes lack of power to act with courage proportionate to danger. All this must lead to the destruction of our intellectual life unless the danger summons up strong personalities able to fill the lukewarm and discouraged with new strength and resolution.
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