When does life have the greatest meaning

99 quotes from Albert Einstein about learning, loving and living

by Tim Reichel

Everyone knows Einstein.

The old man with the long, gray hair. Stand in front of the chalkboard and cheekily stick out your tongue. Discoverer of the theory of relativity and universal scientific genius.

Long after his death, Einstein embodies the concept of ingenious research like no other and stands for science, technology and progress.

In addition to his groundbreaking insights, which shaped modern physics and massively changed our worldview, Einstein is particularly characterized by his foresight and moral sensitivity. For this reason I have selected and written down some of his best quotes for you.

This year the crazy professor would have been 141 years old. Even so, many of his words are so timely and appropriate that it will take your shoes off.



99 quotes from Albert Einstein


Quote # 1

The meaning of life is not to be a successful person, but a valuable one.

Quote # 2

Problems can never be solved with the same mindset that created them.

Quote # 3

Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.

Quote # 4

Don't worry about your math difficulties. I can ensure you, mine are even bigger.

Quote # 5

It's harder to shatter a preconceived notion than an atom.

Quote # 6

Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, but I'm not quite sure about the universe yet.

Quote # 7

The best things in life are not what money can get.

Quote # 8

I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious.

Quote # 9

Common sense is just an accumulation of prejudices acquired by the age of 18.

Quote # 10

I'm not sure what weapons World War III will be fought with, but in World War Four they will fight with sticks and stones.

Quote # 11

Since the mathematicians attacked the theory of relativity, I no longer understand it myself.

Quote # 12

There are only two ways to live. Either as if nothing was a miracle or as if everything was a miracle.

Quote # 13

Science is a wonderful thing when you don't have to make a living from it.

Quote # 14

Anyone who does not take the truth seriously in small things can not be trusted in big things either.

Quote # 15

He is wise who simply says difficult things.

Quote # 16

If you sit with a girl for two hours, you think it's a minute. But if you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That is relativity.

Quote # 17

The world is not threatened by people who are evil, but by those who allow evil.

Quote # 18

Try to get who you love or you have to love who you get.

Quote # 19

In the midst of difficulties lie the possibilities.

Quote # 20

A life that is primarily geared towards meeting personal needs sooner or later leads to bitter disappointment.

Quote # 21

The joy of looking and understanding is nature's most beautiful gift.

Quote # 22

Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.

Quote # 23

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

Quote # 24

If God created the world, his main concern was certainly not to make it so that we could understand it.

Quote # 25

Above all, you have to be critical of yourself.

Quote # 26

It is the most important art of the teacher to awaken the joy of creating and of knowing.

Quote # 27

Those who can no longer wonder and lose themselves in awe are already mentally dead.

Quote # 28

Many people's horizon is like a circle with a radius of zero. And that's what they call their point of view.

Quote # 29

Time is what you read on the clock.

Quote # 30

One gets the impression that modern physics is based on assumptions that somehow resemble the smile of a cat that is not there.

Quote # 31

If someone can march in rank and file with pleasure to a piece of music, then he has only got his big brain by mistake, since the spinal cord would be completely sufficient for him.

Quote # 32

We live in a time of perfect means and confused ends.

Quote # 33

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.


Quote # 34

The most important thing is not to stop asking.

Quote # 35

Some men spend a lifetime striving to understand the nature of a woman. Others deal with less difficult things e.g. B. the theory of relativity.

Quote # 36

The progress of scientific development is ultimately a constant escape from amazement.

Quote # 37

The money only attracts selfishness and always irresistibly seduces to abuse.

Quote # 38

The greatest invention of the human mind? - The compound interest!

Quote # 39

God doesn't care about our math difficulties. He integrates empirically.

Quote # 40

The school should always strive to ensure that the young person leaves it as a harmonious personality, not as a specialist.

Quote # 41

There are no great discoveries and advances while there is still an unhappy child on earth.

Quote # 42

Recognizing the problem is more important than recognizing the solution, because the exact description of the problem leads to the solution.

Quote # 43

If an idea doesn't sound absurd at first, then there is no hope for it.

Quote # 44

Those who are unfaithful to their own cause cannot expect others to respect them.

Quote # 45

If most of them are ashamed of poor clothes and furniture, how much more should we be ashamed of poor ideas and worldviews.

Quote # 46

Most human actions have always been based on fear or ignorance.

Quote # 47

Brilliant people are seldom tidy, ordinary people seldom brilliant.

Quote # 48

Anyone who perceives their own life and that of those around them as meaningless is not only unhappy, but also barely viable.

Quote # 49

Few are able to calmly express opinions that differ from the prejudices of the environment. Most of them are even incapable of reaching such opinions at all.

Quote # 50

Education is what is left over when you forget everything you learned in school.

Quote # 51

I am more interested in the future than in the past, because I intend to live in it.

Quote # 52

A friend is someone who knows the tune in your heart and plays it for you when you've forgotten it.

Quote # 53

People should be ashamed of themselves who thoughtlessly avail themselves of the wonders of science and technology and who have not grasped more of it than the cow of the botany of the plants, which it eats with pleasure.

Quote # 54

Logic takes you from A to B. Your imagination takes you everywhere.

Quote # 55

What frightens me is not the destructive power of the bomb, but the power of the human heart to explode into evil.

Quote # 56

Man invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse in the world would construct a mousetrap.

Quote # 57

To be an impeccable member of a flock of sheep, one must first of all be a sheep.

Quote # 58

I have to work out every knowledge myself. I have to rethink everything, from scratch, without prejudice.

Quote # 59

I already belong, but I'm still there.

Quote # 60

I speak to everyone the same, whether it's the garbage man or the president of the university.

Quote # 61

We cannot avoid the fact that every single act we do has an effect on the whole.

Quote # 62

The purest form of madness is to leave everything as it is and at the same time hope that something will change.

Quote # 63

What I strive for is simply to serve truth and justice with my weak powers, at the risk of not pleasing anyone.

Quote # 64

That whereby our calculations fail is what we call coincidence.

Quote # 65

In the beginning all thoughts belong to love. Then later all love belongs to the thought.

Quote # 66

An inwardly free and conscientious person can be destroyed, but not made a slave or a blind tool.


Quote # 67

Personalities are not formed by beautiful speeches, but by work and personal performance.

Quote # 68

The arms industry is one of the greatest threats to mankind.

Quote # 69

If people only talked about what they understand, the world would be very quiet.

Quote # 70

Make things as simple as possible. But not easier!

Quote # 71

The majority of the stupid are insurmountable and secure for all time. The horror of their tyranny, however, is lessened by lack of consistency.

Quote # 72

Only those who do not search are safe from making mistakes.

Quote # 73

Two things are necessary for our work: tireless perseverance and the willingness to throw away something that has invested a lot of time and effort.

Quote # 74

Look very deeply into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Quote # 75

Math is the perfect way to fool yourself.

Quote # 76

As punishment for my contempt for authority, fate has made me an authority myself.

Quote # 77

The value of the service lies in what is done.

Quote # 78

I get more and more stupid with fame, which is a very common occurrence.

Quote # 79

So we mortals are immortal in that which we create together in enduring work.

Quote # 80

We have to do our best. That is our human responsibility.

Quote # 81

Only those who think negatively from the heart can be positively surprised.

Quote # 82

Curiosity is a vulnerable plant that not only needs stimulation, but above all freedom.

Quote # 83

You don't have to understand the world, you just have to find your way around it.

Quote # 84

Never see studying as a duty, but as an enviable opportunity to get to know the liberating beauty in the field of the spirit.

Quote # 85

Nothing in the world is more feared than the influence of men who are spiritually independent.

Quote # 86

Study, and the pursuit of truth and beauty in general, is an area in which we can remain children throughout life.

Quote # 87

The greatest scientists are always artists too.

Quote # 88

To file an income tax return, you have to be a philosopher. It's too difficult for a mathematician.

Quote # 89

Basically, the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that we can understand it.

Quote # 90

An evening on which all those present are completely in agreement is a wasted evening.

Quote # 91

I never think of the future. She'll come soon enough.

Quote # 92

If I had known the consequences, I would have become a watchmaker.

Quote # 93

Universities are beautiful dung heaps on which a noble plant occasionally thrives.

Quote # 94

A new way of thinking is necessary if humanity is to move on.

Quote # 95

It is easier to dispose of radioactive plutonium than the evil in humans.

Quote # 96

Learn the rules of the game and then play better than anyone else.

Quote # 97

Where there is love there is no burden.

Quote # 98

Joy in the joy and suffering in the suffering of the other, these are the best motivations of humans.

Quote # 99

The most important realization of my life is that we live in a loving universe.




These quotes show one thing very clearly: Einstein understood the world. And not just on paper with some scientific formula.

Einstein understood what is important in life. Namely on the people and the existence for one another. Success? Money? Makes? Nope. Tolerance, honesty and loving action - that counts. And of course lifelong learning.

To me it is really amazing that his words are so timeless and apt. Without being intrusive. I'm usually not very fond of quotation collections - but maybe I was too biased at this point ...

Can you find one or the other quote in the list that motivates and encourages you? What can you draw energy from?


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