September 04, 2011
35 Awesome Quotes from Einstein

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Since 1986, every innovation workshop I've facilitated has included a poster of Albert Einstein.

Somehow, Einstein's smiling countenance inspires everyone in the room -- no matter what their social style, gender, or title.

The only thing I find more fascinating than this is the incredible amount of powerful quotes he left behind.

1. "The only real valuable thing is intuition."

2. "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

3. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

4. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

5. "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

6. "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."

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7. "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

8. "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

9. "Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."

10. "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

11. "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

12. "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

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

14. "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

15. "When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours. That's relativity."

16. "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

17. "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world."

18. "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."

19. "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?"

20. "A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?"

21. "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

22. "Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."

23. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

24. "Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."

25. "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

26. "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

27. "I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."

28. "The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive."

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

30. "We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us."

31. "You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one."

32. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

33. "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

34. "Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted counts."

35. "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."

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at September 4, 2011 02:09 AM

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To apply it to help today's criisis I would choose:

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

Since war, gluttony and greed of our economical dimension created it, respect, temperance and faith alone will not be able to solve it, because they "act on the same dimension".
We need:
coordination, prudence and hope
surrender, justice and love
and particularly
welcome, fortitude and charity

Posted by: JOSE JOAQUIN PEREZ KRUMENACKER [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2008 03:48 PM

Another great blog entry, Mitch. And, other than my daughter's and my own, I generally don't read other people's blogs. But you are irresistible. My favorite Einstein quote is "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the globe."

Posted by: Sarvananda [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 13, 2008 06:52 PM

Thanks for the great info on Einstein. As I look at my desk I notice I have a card with one of his quotes on it, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." My favorite from up above is, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." It speaks to some of the work that I have done in the technology sector althought I don't have a technology background. I take the information that is given to me and look for ways to break it down into simple things that I already understand.

Posted by: Mike Bruny [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 18, 2008 01:25 AM

Thanks, Mitch.
I enjoyed that presentation.
Autonomy, mastery, purpose.
That makes sense. Much better than the carrot/stick, reward/punishment, if--then approach.
Thanks for sharing this with the group.
All the best,
Joanna :))

Posted by: Joanna Gaudry [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 25, 2009 07:17 AM

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." - for its ironic sense of humor!

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." - i actually follow him on this one :)

Too many great thoughts from him. Just imagine what havoc he would have wrought with Twitter in his arsenal :)

Cheers,
Prince

Posted by: Correlationist [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2010 12:20 AM

Thanks for these. Two or three of them stood out but I particularly like this one:

32. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

.... I think it is self explanatory.

Posted by: sheila lindsay [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2010 01:30 PM

" what really interests me is whether God had any choicr in the creation of this world " AND - " the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once " , - But is this quote really true or is it, " everything does happen at once, - in this time called now "

Posted by: T A Odea [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2010 02:25 PM

# 13

Posted by: Joyce Czarny [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2010 07:25 PM

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. So true...

Posted by: Adi Lev [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 2, 2011 12:52 PM

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