In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”“The essential unity of ecclesiastical and secular institutions was lost during the 19th century, to the point of senseless hostility.
This means an intervention on the part of religion into the sphere of science; this is where the struggle of the Church against the doctrines of Galileo and Darwin belongs.
Science and Religion (1941)“Today we must abandon competition and secure cooperation.
Not only does he explain important scientific theories in easy-to-understand language, but his thoughtful wit and social commentary are a joy to read. Throughout the short pieces, he shares his views on complex philosophical issues like war, economic struggle, and international conflict by emphasizing the importance of individuality.
Despite his great contributions to science, he also has the humility to acknowledge limitations of the field.“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world.Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.”“I am neither a German citizen, nor do I believe in anything that can be described as a “Jewish faith.” But I am a Jew and glad to belong to the Jewish people, though I do not regard it in any way as chosen.”“May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul.”“Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing.Money only appeals to selfishness and always tempts its owners irresistibly to abuse it.”“School failed me, and I failed the school. What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports.Because of this, I wasn’t worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave.”“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him.He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed.Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. You might know Albert Einstein as the brilliant physicist who studied relativity.In essence, my religion consists of a humble admiration for this illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of my fellow workers.”“I claim credit for nothing.Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control.