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A doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light, but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest. . . a kind of optical delusion of his 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Everything that can be counted doesn't necessarily count; everything that counts can't necessarily be counted.
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.
I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.
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