33 Einstein Quotes to Live By

As one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, Albert Einstein radically altered our ideas about the world we live in and how it works. Without Einstein's unique way of looking at things, our scientific progress might have been set back indefinitely. As these quotes will demonstrate, Einstein was unafraid to challenge the established nature of reality. He was as willing to tap into his creative and imaginative intelligence as he was to dismiss the words of his critics. It was this man, with this mindset, who was able to uncover a true nature of reality that no one before him could have ever dreamed was possible.

As such a remarkably brilliant being, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Einstein left behind such a wealth of absolutely brilliant words to live by. Here are 33 Einstein quotes for a kinder, more creative, more passionate, more brilliant, and more empathetic world.

Creativity, imagination, & curiosity are invaluable

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.1-A. Einstein

Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.2-A. Einstein

How much do I love that noble man, [Spinoza]. More than I could tell with words. I fear though he'll remain alone. With a holy halo of his own.3-A. Einstein

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.4-A. Einstein

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 tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.-A. Einstein

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.-A. Einstein

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.-A. Einstein

Children hold the key to understanding

The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems.... I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.-A. Einstein

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.-A. Einstein

Science & Spirituality both have importance

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.-A. Einstein

Celebrate individuality

It is important for the common good to foster individuality: for only the individual can produce the new ideas which the community needs for its continuous improvement and requirements—indeed, to avoid sterility and petrification.-A. Einstein

Be Humbled by Knowledge

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.-A. Einstein

Be focused, be passionate

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.-A. Einstein

The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind ... is akin to that of the religious worshipper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.-A. Einstein

Why is it that nobody understands me, and everybody likes me?-A. Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.-A. Einstein

Don't be afraid to make mistakes

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.-A. Einstein

Treat Everyone Equally

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.-A. Einstein

Live in the moment

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.-A. Einstein

Don't please the crowd, change the world

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.-A. Einstein

Be an activist

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.-A. Einstein

Never stop learning

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.-A. Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.-A. Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.-A. Einstein

You never fail until you stop trying.-A. Einstein

Think outside of the box

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.-A. Einstein

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.-A. Einstein

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.-A. Einstein

Engage in your passions

Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.-A. Einstein

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.-A. Einstein

Seek understanding and strive for perfection

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.-A. Einstein

Peace is a mindset

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.-A. Einstein

Let no one stop you when you're right

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.-A. Einstein

Live life in radical amazement

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.-A. Einstein


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Footnotes

  1. Paraphrase of advice given to a boy's parent: "First, give him fairy tales; second, give him fairy tales, and third, give him fairy tales!," The Wilson Library Bulletin, Vol. 37 from 1962, Page 678, as recounted by Doris Gates, writer and children's librarian.
  2. Harry Kessler (Graf), The diaries of a cosmopolitan: Count Harry Kessler, 1918-1937, Published 1971
  3. Poem by Einstein, 1920; original German manuscript: "Zu Spinozas Ethik".
  4. George Sylvester Viereck Duckworth, Glimpses of the Great, Published 1930