Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Albert Einstein Quotes --2

“I am not only a pacifist, but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. . . . Is it not better for a man to die for a cause in which he believes, such as peace, than to suffer for a cause in which he does not believe, such as war?”—Albert Einstein --- From an interview 1931. Reprinted in Einstein on Peace, 125

“The heart says yes, but the mind says no.”—Albert Einstein --- From the Travel Diary, February 13,1923. AEA 29-129

“One becomes a deeply religious nonbeliever…”. It is clear from the original that it is definitely not “I”.To Hans Muehsam, March 30,1954. AEA 38-434.

“A scientist is a mimosa when he himself has made a mistake, and a roaring lion when he discovers a mistake of others.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in Ehlers, Liebes Hertz! 45

“He who cherishes the values of culture cannot fail to be a pacifist.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in Die Friedensbewegung, ed. Kurt Lenz and Walter Fabian (1922) 17.

“There is nothing divine about [the scientist’s] morality; it is a purely human affair.” – —Albert Einstein --- From Mein Weltbild (1934. Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 40

“Relativity is a purely scientific matter and has nothing to do with religion.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in Frank, Einstein: His Life and Times, 190.

“A forced faithfulness is a bitter fruit for all concerned.”—Albert Einstein --- To Dr. Eugenie Anderman, June 2, 1953. AEA 59-097

“Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in P.A. Bucky, Der Private Albert Einstein, 276

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater.”—Albert Einstein --- To Barbara Wilson, January 7, 1943. AEA 42-606.

“The value of achievement lies in the achieving.”—Albert Einstein --- To D. Liberson, October 28, 1950. AEA 60-297

“The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of man—though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.”—Albert Einstein --- From The Goal of Human Existence, April 11, 1943. AEA 28-587

“The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by Lincoln Barnett, Smithsonian, February 1979, 74

“If only I could give you some of my happiness so you would never be sad and depressed again.”—Albert Einstein ---To Mileva Marić, May 9, 1901. CPAE, Vol.1, Doc.106.

“My life is a simple thing that would interest no one. It is a known fact that I was born, and that is all that is necessary.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in The Tower, April 13, 1935.

“[I] must seek in the stars that which was denied [to me] on earth.”—Albert Einstein --- To Betty Neumann, 1924.

“I admit that thoughts influence the body.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by W. Hermanns in A Talk with Einstein, October 1943. AEA 55-285.

“Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by R. W.Clark in Einstein :The Life and Times, 268

“It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometimes it is so easy to recognize a falsehood.”—Albert Einstein --- To Jeremiah McGuire, October 24,1953. AEA 60-483

“I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience.”—Albert Einstein --- To Max Kariel, August 3,1953. AEA 60-058.

“A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.”—Albert Einstein --- To T. Lee, January 16,1954. AEA 60-235.

“To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.”—Albert Einstein --- Aphorism, September 18,1930. AEA 36-598

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by Ernst Straus in French, Einstein: A Centenary Volume, 32

“Truly novel ideas emerge only in one’s youth. Later on one becomes more experienced, famous—and foolish.”—Albert Einstein ---To Heinrich Zangger, December 6, 1917. AEA 39-689

“With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.”—Albert Einstein --- To Heinrich Zangger, December 24, 1919. AEA 39-726

(“Violence may at times have quickly cleared away an obstruction, but it has never proved itself to be creative.” ) Should read: “Violence sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly, but it never has proved itself creative”--- —Albert Einstein---From “Was Europe a Success?” (1934). Reprinted in Einstein: Essays in Humanism, 49

“What is essential in the life of a man of my kind is what he thinks and how he thinks, and not what he does or suffers.” Should read: “ … the essential in the being of a man of my type lies precisely in what he thinks and how he thinks, not in what he does or suffers.”—Albert Einstein ---From “Autobiographical Notes” in P. Schilpp ed., Albert Einstein : Philosopher – Scientist,(1949) 33.

“. . . My scientific goals and my personal vanity will not prevent me from accepting even the most subordinate position.” Should read: “My scientific goals and my personal vanity will not prevent me from accepting even the most subordinate role”.—Albert Einstein --- To Mileva Marić, July 7,1901. CPAE, Vol.1. Doc. 114.

“The creative principle [of science] resides in mathematics.”—Albert Einstein --- From “On the Method of Theoretical Physics” (1933). Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 274.

“The more a country makes military weapons, the more insecure it becomes: if you have weapons, you become a target for attack.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in interview with A. Aram, January 3, 1953. AEA 59-109

“Whoever is careless with truth in small matters can not be trusted in important affairs.”—Albert Einstein. --- From draft of address on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of Israel’s independence, April 1955 AEA 60-003

“Without ‘ethical culture,’ there is no salvation for humanity.”—Albert Einstein---From “The Need for Ethical Culture”, January 5,1951. AEA 28-904

“The economists will have to revise their theories of value.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in J. Sayen, Einstein in America, 150

“I am also convinced that one gains the purest joy from spiritual things only when they are not tied in with earning one’s livelihood.”—Albert Einstein --- To L. Manners, March 19,1954.

Morality is the highest importance—but for us, not for God.”—Albert Einstein --- To M.M. Schayer, August 1927. AEA 48-380

“Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.”—Albert Einstein --- To son Hans Albert, January 4,1937.

“I have, for the first time, seen a happy and healthy society whose members are fully absorbed in it.”—Albert Einstein --- To Michele Besso, May 24, 1924. AEA 7-349

“Marriage is but slavery made to appear civilized.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by K. Wachsmann in M. Grüning, Ein Haus für Albert Einstein, 159

“I should very much like to remain in the darkness of not having been analyzed.”—Albert Einstein --- To H. Freund, January 1927. AEA 46-304

“The ability to portray people in still life and in motion requires the highest measure of intuition and talent.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by K. Wachsmann in Grüning, Ein Haus für Albert Einstein, 240

“I have never obtained any ethical values from my scientific work.”—Albert Einstein ---Quoted in P. Michelmore, Einstein: Profile of the Man, 251

“God gave me the stubbornness of a mule and a fairly keen scent.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in G.J. Whitrow, Einstein: the man and his achievement, 91

“Love brings much happiness, much more so than pining for someone brings pain.”—Albert Einstein --- To Marie Winteler, April 21,1896, CPAE Vol.1, Doc. 18

“What I see in Nature is a grand design that we can understand only imperfectly, one with which a responsible person must look at with humility. . . .”—Albert Einstein --- Should read: “What I see in Nature is a grand design that we can comprehend only imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility…” Quoted in Dukas and Hoffmann, “AE: The Human Side”, 39

“The content of scientific theory itself offers no moral foundation for the personal conduct of life.”—Albert Einstein – From “Science and God: A Dialogue”. In Forum and Century 83 (1930), 373

“All my life I have dealt with objective matters; hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to carry out official functions.”—Albert Einstein --- To Abba Eban, November 18,1952. AEA 28-943

“I wouldn’t want to live if I did not have my work. . . . In any case, it’s good that I’m already old and personally don’t have to count on a prolonged future.”—Albert Einstein ---To Michele Besso, October 10,1938. AEA 7-376

“I have come to know the mutability of all human relationships and have learned to insulate myself against both heat and cold so that a temperature balance is fairly well assured.”—Albert Einstein --- To Heinrich Zangger, March 10, 1917. AEA 39-680

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