Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
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.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
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.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
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.
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow – perhaps it all will.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
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.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.