Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Albert Einstein Quotes --4

“There are two different conceptions about the nature of the universe: (1) the world as a unity dependent on humanity; (2) the world as a reality independent of the human factor.”—Albert Einstein ---From a Conversation with Rabindrath Tagore, July 14,1930. Published in Asia 31 (1931)

“No idea is conceived in our mind independent of our five senses [i.e., no idea is divinely inspired].”—Albert Einstein ---Quoted in W. Hermanns, A Talk with Einstein. AEA 55-285

“What really interests me is whether God could have created the world any differently; in other words, whether the demand for logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by Ernst Straus in Seelig, Helle Zeit, dunkle Zeit, 72

“At present every coachman and every waiter argues about whether or not the relativity theory is correct.”—Albert Einstein--- To Marcel Grossmann, September 12, 1920. AEA 11-500

“The solitude and peace of mind are serving me quite well, not the least of which is due to the excellent and truly enjoyable relationship with my cousin; its stability will be guaranteed by the avoidance of marriage.”—Albert Einstein-To Michele Besso, February 12, 1915, CPAE, Vol.8, Doc 56

“It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character.”—Albert Einstein--- To Jacob Laub, May 19,1909. AEA 15-480

“I am not a Jew in the sense that I would demand the preservation of the Jewish or any other nationality as an end in itself. Rather, I see Jewish nationality as a fact and I believe that every Jew must draw the consequences from this fact—Albert Einstein --- In Jüdische Rundschau, June 21, 1921. CPAE Vol. 7, Doc. 57

“To obtain an assured favorable response from people, it is better to offer them something for their stomachs instead of their brains.”—Albert Einstein --- To L. Manners, March 19,1954. AEA 60-401

“Arrows of hate have been aimed at me too, but they have never hit me, because somehow they belonged to another world with which I have no connection whatsoever.”—Albert Einstein ---Quoted in Portraits & Self-Portraits, by George Schreiber 1935-1936. AEA 28-332.

“In the past it never occurred to me that every casual remark of mine would be snatched up and recorded. Otherwise I would have crept further into my shell.”—Albert Einstein --- To Carl Seelig, October 25, 1953. AEA39-053

“I do not like to state an opinion on a matter unless I know the precise facts.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in an interview, New York Times, August 12, 1945.

“. . . I became more and more convinced that even nature could be understood as a relatively simple mathematical structure.”—Albert Einstein ---Quoted in The Tower, April 13, 1935

“Of all the communities available to us, there is not one I would want to devote myself to except for the society of the true seekers, which has very few living members at any one time.”—Albert Einstein --- To Max and Hedwig Born, April 29, 1924. AEA 8-176

“There have already been published by the bucketsful such brazen lies and utter fictions about me that I would long since have gone to my grave if I had allowed myself to pay attention to them.”—Albert Einstein ---To Max Brod, February 22, 1949. AEA 34-066.1

Berlin is the place to which I am most closely bound by human and scientific ties.”—Albert Einstein --- To K. Haenisch, September 8, 1920. AEA 36-022

“Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. . . .”—Albert Einstein --- From “Why Socialism?” (1949). Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 153

Germany had the misfortune of becoming poisoned, first because of plenty, and then because of want.”—Albert Einstein --- Aphorism 1923. AEA 36-591

“Only in mathematics and physics was I, through self-study, far beyond the school curriculum, and also with regard to philosophy as it was taught in the school curriculum.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted in Hoffmann, Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel, 20

“The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems....I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.”—Albert Einstein --- Quoted by James Franck in Seelig, Albert Einstein, (1954), 84

“I have to apologize to you that I am still among the living. There will be a remedy for this, however.”—Albert Einstein --- To Tyfanny Williams, August 25, 1946. AEA 42-612

“The Press, which is mostly controlled by vested interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”—Albert Einstein --- From “Some Notes on My American Impressions”. Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 6

“Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.”--Albert Einstein ---To a Japanese scholar (1923). Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 262

“It is really a puzzle what drives one to take one’s work so devilishly seriously. . . .”—Albert Einstein ---To Joseph Scharl, December 27, 1949. AEA 34-207

“O, Youth: Do you know that yours is not the first generation to yearn for a life full of beauty and freedom?”—Albert Einstein ---To I Stern, 1932. Reprinted in Dukas and Hoffmann ed. , Albert Einstein: The Human Side, (1979) 30. AEA 51-870

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