Einstein, the greatest scientist and mathematician of the
studied philosophy. He felt deeply that
science, mathematics and technology not only
needed to be balanced
with philosophy, ethics, spirituality, and the arts, but that
were merely “different branches of the same tree.” (Continued
He said, "All
religions, arts and sciences are directed toward ennobling man's life,
lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the
individual toward freedom.” He felt it no mere chance that
universities originally developed from clerical schools. “Both
churches and universities - insofar as they live up to their true
function - serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill
this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding,
renouncing the use of brute force,” he explained. “Man owes his
strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a social
living animal. As little as a battle between single ants of an ant hill
is essential for survival, just so little is this the case with the
individual members of a human community.” Present world leaders could
benefit from this profound truth!
dwells only in the bosom of fools.
beings are a part of the whole, called by us "the universe," a
in time and space. We experience ourselves, our
thoughts and feelings, as
something separated from the rest--a kind of
optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our own personal desires
affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to
ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to
all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
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
deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power,
which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of
people are those who receives a great deal from
their fellow people,
usually incomparably more than corresponds to their service to them.
The value of people, however,
should be seen in what they give,
and not in
are able to receive.
hundred times every day I remind myself that
my inner and outer life
depend on the labors of other people,
living and dead, and that I must
exert myself in order to give
in the same measure as I have received and
am still receiving.
should be made as simple
as possible. . . but not simpler.
is more important
life lived for others is a life worth while.
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believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for
best both for the body and the mind.
not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.
think and think for months, for years. Ninety-nine times the
conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the
source of all true art and science. Those to whom
this emotion is a
who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe, is as
good as dead: their eyes are closed.
important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own
reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one
mysteries of eternity,
of life, of the marvelous
structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely
a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.
deep into nature and you will find the answer to everything.
Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
People's true worth can be measured by considering the degree and the
manner in which they have succeeded in liberating themselves from their
can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove.
comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge,
never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved
such a leap.
without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
for humans themselves and their fate must always form
the chief interest of all
technical endeavors, concern for
the great unsolved problems of the
organization of labor
and the distribution of goods--in order that the
creations of our mind
shall be a blessing and not a curse to humankind.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and
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.
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The world as we have created it is a
process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would
make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described
a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one
thing we do know:
that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon
smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless
unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built
upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly
I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.