Monday, April 18, 2005

Einstein quotes (I can't vouch for their accuracy):

"God does not play dice."

"The essential in the existence of a man like me is what he thinks and how he thinks, not what he does or suffers."

"One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality."

"It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day."

"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from their self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive."

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

"Everything should be made as simple as possible...
But not simpler!"

"The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes."

"...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

"Its a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

"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."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?""

"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation."

"No problem can be solved at the level of abstraction that created it, we need to move a step higher."

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