Albert Einstein

14 Mar 1879 // 18 Apr 1955
Physician / Philosopher


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The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives
The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science
The led must not be compelled, they must be able to choose their own leader
The human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men
So long as there are men there will be wars
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means
Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe
Politics is more difficult than physics
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."