Friday, September 08, 2006


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Ethics is a science about moral values, but not a science to discover moral "truths".

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.

Do not pride yourself on the few great men who, over the centuries have been born on your earth --- through no merit of yours. Reflect, rather; on how you treated them at the time, and how you have followed their teachings.

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.

The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the integrity of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.

Where the pure see purity, the pig sees smut.

Humanity is more important than national citizenship.

Why denigrate oneself? Others take care of that when necessary.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. If I had to live my life over again, I'd be a plumber.

I never think of the future --- it comes soon enough.

Make friends with a few animals. Then you will become a cheerful man once more and nothing will be able to trouble you.

Bureaucracy is the death of any achievement.

God never tells us in advance whether the course we are to follow is the correct one.

The end comes sometime: Does it matter when?

People are like the ocean: sometimes smooth and friendly, at others stormy and full of malice. The important thing to remember is that they too are mostly made of water.

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

As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists.

In Nature, the overall principles represent a higher reality than does the single object.

No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Philosophy is like a mother who gave birth to and endowed all the other sciences. Therefore one should not scorn her in her nakedness and poverty, but should hope, rather, that part of her Don Quixote ideal will live on in her children so that they do not sink into philistinism.

I believe in the brotherhood of man and the uniqueness of the individual. But if you ask me to prove what I believe, I can't. You know them to be true but you could spend a whole lifetime without being able to prove them. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.

The greatest obstacle to international order is that monstrously exaggerated spirit of nationalism which also goes by the fair-sounding but misused name of patriotism.

In my opinion, it is not right to bring politics into scientific matters, nor should individuals be held responsible for the government of the country to which they happen to belong.

An autocratic system of coercion, in my opinion, soon degenerates. For force always attracts men of low morality.

Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race.

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perennially rejuvenated illusions.

The old problem of what should be done to give the power into the hands of capable and well-meaning persons has so far resisted all efforts.

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.


Blogger J. Marquis said...

Wow, great quotes. He was a genius in so many ways.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Einstein was cool. It would have been neat to talk to him, I bet.

3:09 PM  
Blogger GTX said...

Nothing but the true. He was very awaken person.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Elvez73 said...

Great quotes and a cool blog by the way, I'll try to link you if I can ever figure out how to do it, arrg, damned computers.


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