Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein

Started by bigramil 2016-07-23 at 04:11

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Einstein and God

Einstein climbs to the top of Mount Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks the Lord, 'God, what does a million years mean to you?'
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When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speech making.
'I have an idea, boss,' his chauffeur said. 'I've heard you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give it for you.'
'Einstein laughed loudly and said, 'Why not? Let's do it!'
When they arrived at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.
Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody's fool. Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, 'Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me.'
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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)
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'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.'
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'He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.'

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