A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a
man need to be happy?
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one
has learned in school.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best
for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
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.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old
problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination
and marks real advance in science.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior
reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible
universe, forms my idea of God.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius
has its limits.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the
loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism –
how passionately I hate them!
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem.
It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a
stubbornly persistent illusion.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called
research, would it?
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth
and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing
to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people
themselves refuse to go to war.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be
fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole
strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason,
mastery demands all of a person.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.