Albert Einstein: What He Did and Didn’t Say

November 10, 2015

Albert Einstein: the endearing German physicist that, even years after his death, still moves the world. He was a genius teeming with humanity. In fact, he’s so widely admired that, along with quotes that are correctly attributed to his name, come a few that aren’t as accurately placed. In this article we’ll be talking about some of the quotes he said and the ones didn’t…

What Einstein did say…

  • “I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.”
  • “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited and imagination encircles the world.”
  • “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”
  • “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  • “Everyone must, from time to time, make a sacrifice on the altar of stupidity.”
  • “We’re all very ignorant, but we’re not all ignorant in the same things.”
  • “When I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.”
  • “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  • “We are architects of our own destiny.
  • “What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.”
  • “My political ideal is democracy. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
  • “Memory is the intelligence of fools.”
  • “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  • “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”
  • “There are no great discoveries and advances, as long as there is an unhappy child on earth.”
  • “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
  • “Man finds God behind each door that science opens.”
  • “The value of a product can be found in it’s production.”
  • Maturity starts to manifest itself when we feel that our concern about others is greater than our concern about ourselves.”
  • “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.”
  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”
  • “There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy: the will.”
  • Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”
  • “At first, all thoughts belong to love. Later on, love belongs to all thoughts.

And what he didn’t say….

  • “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results each time.”
  • “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”
  • “I think I can safely say nobody understands quantum mechanics.”
  • “Perhaps the situation could be described by saying that God is a first class mathematician who used very advanced mathematics to create the Universe.”
  • “If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
  • “Everything is relative.”

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