The Wit & Wisdom of Albert Einstein

What’s going on Boy-Cott Fam? I just wanted to share some inspirational wisdom from Albert Einstein with you.  You may be asking yourself why Albert Einstein? Well, as I was making my way to teach my dance class today I saw an Albert Einstein poster that really caught my eye. After that moment my creative wheels started rotating and I discovered some really in depth work from him. Check it outIn the past, it never occurred to me that every casual remark of mine would be snatched up and recorded. Otherwise I would have crept further into my shell.

If you can’t explain something to a six-year-old, you really don’t understand it yourself.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.

If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

To my mind to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

Never stop questioning–curiosity has its own reason for existence.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

A + B + C = Success if, A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion of our consciousness.

The more I study physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.

God is subtle, but he is not malicious.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.

In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received.

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt.

He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

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.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by how he has attained liberation from the self.

Curiosity is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.

Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must.

One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.
– 1915 letter to a student

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.

What I see in Nature is a grand design that we can understand only imperfectly, one with which a responsible person must look at with humility. This is a genuine religious feeling and has nothing to do with mysticism.

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.

A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.

Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting point and its rich environment.

Einstein’s Three Rules of Work:

1) Out of clutter find simplicity.

2) From discord find harmony.

3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.