Weekend Einstein

One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

—Quoted in Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel, by Banesh Hoffmann (New York: Viking, 1972), v; The Expanded Quotable Einstein, collected and edited by Alice Calaprice (Princeton University Press, 2000), p. 261


The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.


To punish me for my contempt of authority, fate has made me an authority myself.


It is difficult to say what truth is, but sometimes it is easy to recognize a falsehood.


A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer lives are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.


Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.


There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks.


A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.


With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.


Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate.


I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.


The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.


Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.


An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour.


One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.


The only remedies against race and prejudice are enlightenment and education. This is a slow and painstaking process.


I lived in that solitude which is so painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.


When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing absolute knowledge.

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