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P R E S E N T S
Quotations From Albert Einstein
(In Alphabetical Order By Subject)
Rel: 16 Apr 90/Three
Members Are: /\ngel Of Death & Prophet /\rmed
"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."
"The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the
last analysis they rest on force."
"It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an
incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its
own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he
contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous
structure of reality. It is enough if one merely to comprehend a
little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
"God is clever, but not dishonest."
"We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings."
"An empty stomach is not a good political advisor."
On International Relations:
"In relations among seperate states complete anarchy still prevails. I do
not believe that we have made any genuine advance in this area during the
last thousand years."
"We are like shipwrecked people trying to keep their balance on a miserable
plank in the open sea...but once we fully accept this, life becomes
"What I value in life is quality rather than quantity, just as in Nature the
overall principles represent a higher reality than does one single object."
"Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury--to me these have always
been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for every one, best for both the body and the mind."
On Military Secrecy:
"Every citizen must make up his mind...if he accepts the premise of war he
must endure the consequences of military secrecy."
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the
fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
On Nuclear Energy:
"Since I do not forsee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long
time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is
well that it should be. It may intimidate the human race into bringing
order into its international affairs, which, without the pressure of fear,
it would not do."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre
"The heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of
patriotism--how intensely I despise them!"
"What should be done to give the power into the hands of capable and well-
meaning persons has so far resisted all efforts."
"Reason, of course, is weak, when measured against its never-ending task."
"Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
"What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses and Jesus ranks for
me higher than all the achievements of the enquiring and constructive
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"I live in that solitude which is 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
"Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to
refuse to testify, i.e. he must be prepared...for the sacrifice of his
personal welfare in the interest of the cultural welfare of his country....
This kind of inquisition violates the spirit of the Constitution.
If enough people are ready to take this grave step they will be successful.
If not, then the intellectuals of this country deserve nothing better than
the slavery which is intended for them."
On The Theory Of Relativity:
"I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the
theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never
stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he
has thought of as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded,
as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had
already grown up."
"The most important kind of tolerance is tolerance of the individual by
society and the state."
"If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor."
"Truth resembles a statue of marble which stands in the desert and is
continuously threatened with burial by the shifting sand."
"We may hope that even the dullest creature can be made to realize that, in
the long run, lies and tyranny cannot triumph."
"All that is valuable in human society depends on the opportunity for
development accorded the individual."
"Degeneracy follows every automatic sysem of violence, for violence
inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious
are succeeded by scoundrels."
"As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is
"I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with
the atomic bomb. Perhaps two thirds of the people on earth might be
killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left
to start again, and civilization would be restored."
"The next World War will be fought with stones."
"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as
dead; his eyes are closed."
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