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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein in 1921
Born (1879-03-14)14 March 1879
Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died 18 April 1955(1955-04-18) (aged 76)
Princeton, New Jersey, US
Residence Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria (present-day Czech Republic), Belgium, United States

Subject of the Kingdom of Württemberg during the German Empire (1879–1896)[note 1]
Stateless (1896–1901)
Citizen of Switzerland (1901–1955)
Austrian subject of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1911–1912)
Subject of the Kingdom of Prussia during the German Empire (1914–1918)[note 1]
German citizen of the Free State of Prussia (Weimar Republic, 1918–1933)
Citizen of the United States (1940–1955)

Fields Physics, philosophy

Swiss Patent Office (Bern) (1902–1909)
University of Bern (1908–1909)
University of Zurich (1909–1911)
Charles University in Prague (1911–1912)
ETH Zurich (1912–1914)
Prussian Academy of Sciences (1914–1933)
Humboldt University of Berlin (1914–1917)
Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (director, 1917–1933)
German Physical Society (president, 1916–1918)
Leiden University (visits, 1920)
Institute for Advanced Study (1933–1955)
Caltech (visits, 1931–1933)


Swiss Federal Polytechnic (1896–1900; B.A., 1900)
University of Zurich (Ph.D., 1905)

Thesis Eine neue Bestimmung der Moleküldimensionen (A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions) (1905)
Doctoral advisor Alfred Kleiner
Other academic advisors Heinrich Friedrich Weber
Known for

General relativity and special relativity
Photoelectric effect
Theory of Brownian motion
Einstein field equations
Bose–Einstein statistics
Bose–Einstein condensate
Gravitational wave
Cosmological constant
Unified field theory
EPR paradox


Ernst G. Straus
Nathan Rosen
Leó Szilárd

Notable awards

Barnard Medal (1920)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1921)
Matteucci Medal (1921)
ForMemRS (1921)[1]
Copley Medal (1925)[1]
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1926)
Max Planck Medal (1929)
Time Person of the Century (1999)

Spouse Mileva Marić (1903–1919)
Elsa Löwenthal (1919–1936)[2][3]
Children “Lieserl” (1902–1903?)
Hans Albert (1904–1973)
Eduard “Tete” (1910–1965)

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Albert Einstein
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
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.
Albert Einstein
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
Albert Einstein
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein
The faster you go, the shorter you are.
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
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.
Albert Einstein
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Albert Einstein
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
Albert Einstein
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
Albert Einstein
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Mozart's music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.
Albert Einstein
I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.
Albert Einstein
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein
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.
Albert Einstein
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Albert Einstein
God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Albert Einstein
You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.
Albert Einstein
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
Albert Einstein
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Albert Einstein
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Albert Einstein
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
Albert Einstein
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
Albert Einstein
One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
Albert Einstein
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
Albert Einstein
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.
Albert Einstein
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Albert Einstein
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
Albert Einstein
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
Albert Einstein
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
Albert Einstein
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
Albert Einstein
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
Albert Einstein
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
Albert Einstein
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
Albert Einstein
Love is a better teacher than duty.
Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Albert Einstein
I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
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.
Albert Einstein
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
Albert Einstein
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
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.
Albert Einstein
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
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.
Albert Einstein
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Albert Einstein
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.
Albert Einstein
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
Albert Einstein

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein
I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.
Albert Einstein
Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Albert Einstein
Never lose a holy curiosity.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
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.
Albert Einstein
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Albert Einstein
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Albert Einstein
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Albert Einstein
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Albert Einstein
The man of science is a poor philosopher.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.
Albert Einstein
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
Albert Einstein
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
Albert Einstein
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
Albert Einstein
Information is not knowledge.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
God does not play dice.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
Albert Einstein
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
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.
Albert Einstein
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
Albert Einstein
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
Albert Einstein
People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Albert Einstein
Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
Albert Einstein
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
Albert Einstein
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
Force always attracts men of low morality.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Albert Einstein
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
Albert Einstein
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
Albert Einstein
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
Albert Einstein
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
Albert Einstein
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Albert Einstein
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
Albert Einstein
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Albert Einstein
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
Albert Einstein
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
Albert Einstein
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
Albert Einstein
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein
Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.
Albert Einstein
I have just got a new theory of eternity.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Albert Einstein
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
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.
Albert Einstein
I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
Albert Einstein
God always takes the simplest way.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Albert Einstein
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein
Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
Albert Einstein
I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
Albert Einstein
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Albert Einstein
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
Albert Einstein
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein
The only source of knowledge is experience.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Albert Einstein
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.