Quotes by Albert Einstein

Boldly go

If you follow the crowd, you will likely get no further than the crowd. If you walk alone, you're likely to end up in places no one has ever been before. Being an achiever is not without its difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. The unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they'll simply say it was obvious to everyone all along. You have two choices in life. You can dissolve into the main stream, or you can choose to become an achiever and be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no else but you can be.

Modes of thinking

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

Level of thinking

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

Reality a persistent illusion

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

As simple as possible

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.

Maths and reality

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.

Labor in freedom

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Solving an existing problem

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

Comprehensible world

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.