Tuesday, May 12, 2009

quotes from albert einstein

my top 10” from
“collected quotes from albert einstein”
the 50 originals were received via e-mail,
(source unknown)

1. "any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. ..it takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

2. "reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

3. "anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

4. "great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."

5. "peace cannot be kept by force. ..it can only be achieved by understanding."

6. "i know not with what weapons world war III will be fought, but world war IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

7. "how on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"

8. "now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. ,,that means nothing. ..people like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

9. "a human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. ..he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. ..this delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. ..our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

10. "not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (sign hanging in einstein's office at princeton).

honorable mentions:

* the final quotes come from two obscure, thin books (cited below). ..as with all of these quotes, they can be thought of as "out of context," so take that for what it's worth.

in regard to the "structure of space":

"there exists an average density of matter in the whole of space
which is everywhere the same

and different from zero

einstein, a. (1961). relativity. page 152. n.y.: three rivers press.

the quotes (below) are taken from
"letters to solovine,"
a book of personal letters from albert einstein to his friend, maurice solovine.

"...but if every effort fails and men end by destroying themselves,
 the universe will not shed a single tear for them."
-p. 137 

"i am not convinced of the certainty of a simple concept,
 and i am uncertain as to whether i was even on the right track."
-p. 111

einstein, a. (1993). letters to solovine. n.y.: carol publishing group.

click here for "e = mc, squared"

* picture of einstein from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein), and graphics from microsoft clipart...


  1. I could be wrong about being wrong...I'm just not sure. RIGHT???

  2. .
    you'd have to be EINSTEIN to answer THAT one.
    :) hee, hee :)