Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist and mathematician of the twentieth century, studied philosophy. He felt deeply that science, mathematics and technology not only needed to be balanced with philosophy, ethics, spirituality, and the arts, but that they were merely “different branches of the same tree.”
"All religions, arts and sciences are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual toward freedom.” He felt it no mere chance that universities originally developed from clerical schools. “Both churches and universities - insofar as they live up to their true function - serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force,” he explained. “Man owes his strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a social living animal. As little as a battle between single ants of
Everything should be made as simple
as possible. . . but not simpler.
Imagination is more important
Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.
Successful people are those who receives a great deal from their fellow people,
usually incomparably more than corresponds to their service to them.
The value of people, however, should be seen in what they give,
and not in what they are able to receive.
I think and think for months, for years.
Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
Those to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead:
their eyes are closed.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that
my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other people,
living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give
in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Look deep into nature and you will find the answer to everything.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
People's true worth can be measured by considering the degree and the manner in which they have succeeded in liberating themselves from their egos.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.
The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove.
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.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Concern for humans themselves and their fate must always form
the chief interest of all technical endeavors, concern for
the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor
and the distribution of goods--in order that the creations of our mind
shall be a blessing and not a curse to humankind.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations
an ant hill is essential for survival, just so little is this the case with the individual members of a human community.”