Over the past several years, Albert Einstein's name has turn out to be synonymous with genius. In his lifespan, Einstein surely changed the world of physics, describing the workings of realism better than anyone since Sir Isaac Newton and revealing the know-hows of the atom bomb. He was also named as Person of the Century in 1999 by TIME. Here are 20 of Einstein's most significant quotes; each will take you inside the mind of the genius.
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
"Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension."
"I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever."
"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."
|Image Credit: Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein by Paul Ehrenfest|
"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."
"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity."
On his growth
"It is true that my parents were worried because I began to speak fairly late, so that they even consulted a doctor. I can't say how old I was - but surely not less than three."
On common sense
"Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen."
"If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut."
"Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race."
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
"If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
"The aim [of education] must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem."
"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."
"Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing."
"A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future."
"The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
"The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems ... I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done."
On the role of science
"One thing I have learned in a long life: That all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have."