1. 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
2. When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.2
3. 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.3
5. Certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve; and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. This characteristic is reflected in the qualities of its priests, the intellectuals. The intellect has a sharp eye for methods and tools, but is blind to ends and values. So it is no wonder that this fatal blindness is handed on from old to young and today involves a whole generation.4
6. 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.5
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. Never lose a holy curiosity.6
8. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
9. Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community. 7
10. 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.
11. If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
12. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
16. 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.
17. Why is it that nobody understands me, and everybody likes me?
18. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
19. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
20. I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
21. I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
22. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
23. 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.
24. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
25. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
26. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
27. You never fail until you stop trying.
28. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
29. Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
30. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
31. Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.
32. Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
33. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
34. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
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.