Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Never lose a holy curiosity. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.
When I think of the most able students I have encountered in my teaching – I mean those who have distinguished themselves not only by skill but by independence of thought – then I must confess that all have had a lively interest in epistemology.
Student: Dr. Einstein, Aren’t these the same questions as last year’s [physics] final exam? Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.
Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
The creative scientist studies nature with the rapt gaze of the lover, and is guided as often by aesthetics as by rational considerations in guessing how nature works.
Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.
As to science, we may well define it for our purpose as “methodical thinking directed toward finding regulative connections between our sensual experiences”.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.
It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.
I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple
Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of a sudden a thought occurred to me: “If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight.” I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation.