The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.
The value of achievement lies in the achieving.
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.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.
Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.
I see my life in terms of music.
In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony.
Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way.
Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.
I always get by best with my naivety, which is 20 percent deliberate.
Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
A true genius admits that he or she knows nothing.
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.
Failure is success in progress.
Failure and deprivation are the best educators and purifiers.
When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.
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.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
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.
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
Never lose a holy curiosity.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? 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. All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
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.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
An autocratic system of coercion, in my opinion, soon degenerates. For force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels. For this reason I have always been passionately opposed to systems such as we see in Italy and Russia to-day.
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.
God always takes the simplest 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.
God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
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.
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
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.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.
I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
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.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
I want to know all God's thoughts; all the rest are just details.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
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.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
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.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
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.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
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.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
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.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
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