Albert Einstein not only has one of the most recognizable mugs of any person alive or dead, he worked extremely hard and intelligently throughout his long life. A genius in physics, he also was a committed peace activist and socialist. Almost everyone remembers him fondly, and in general he was an affable, productive, dedicated, ingenious, creative, kind, magnanimous individual. He was also very quotable! Many of Einstein quotes were about values. He is probably most famous in this vein for saying “The ideals that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty, and truth.” Wow! Below is a brief synopsis of the man and of course, Einstein quotes!
His name and his most famous equation – E=MC2 is – are virtually synonymous with being “smart,” “brainy,” and “creative.” He was a bit quirky, but what can you expect! We are so lucky that Germany was a nasty country at the time and he left for Switzerland, and then eventually, America. I wish we still welcomed the greatest minds…. Read more about him here. Listen to an interview I conducted with scholar Nicholas Maxwell, Ph.D., author of an interesting book on Einstein at the bottom of this page.
One of the ways we remember people is through the recording and the recognition of their words of wisdom. He is one of the most prolific persons when it comes to quotes on values, and quotations about virtues and ethics. Values of the Wise has collected 278 Einstein quotes! Enjoy the following profound and witty words of wisdom from one of history’s greatest minds. As always, feel free to use this free resource for your searches on wise sayings and pithy proverbs.
I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.
The really valuable thing is intuition.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
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.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not what he is able to receive.
In the case of political, and even religious, leaders it is often very doubtful whether they have done more harm or good.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of striving to fulfill wishes of the material kind.
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Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
There is a way to beat roulette: grab the chips and run.
Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science: truth is what stands the test of experience.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
We have to do the best we can. It is our sacred human responsibility.
I owe as much of my success to an uncompromising obstinacy as to any original ideas.
Common sense needs constant reappraisal.
As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevails.
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