The true definition of madness is repeating the same action, over and over, hoping for a different result.
I don't need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it, when I need it.
Don't let your brain interfere with your heart.
Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it.
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
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.
Experience is knowledge. All the rest is information.
The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know.
Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops. Stop nodding your head.
Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.
Once you stop learning, you start dying.
The more I study science, the more I believe in God.
Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self criticism.
Everything that exists in your life, does so because of two things: something you did or something you didn't do.
There is no vaccine against stupidity.
The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.
Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.
A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.
At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats.
If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.
If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
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.
Love is a better master than duty.
It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
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.
Be a voice not an echo.
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.
The legs are the wheels of creativity.
Imagination is the most powerful force in the universe.
The important things are always simple.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.
If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
Truth is what stands the test of experience.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.
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.
I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust.
Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.
Time is an illusion.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
What I seek to accomplish is simply to serve with my feeble capacity truth and justice, at the risk of pleasing no one.
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.
What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count.
It is a strange thing to be so widely known, and yet to be so lonely.
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.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
Nature rarely surrenders one of her magnificent secrets.
Look into nature, and then you will understand it better.
The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.
Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech.
Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it.
Man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.
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.
The great moral teachers of humanity were in a way artistic geniuses in the art of living.
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.
I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.
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.
It is the theory that decides what can be observed.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty.
The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.
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.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
Women always worry about things that men forget; men always worry about things women remember.
Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.
Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
Never memorize something that you can look up.
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