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Albert Einstein was a German-born mathematician and Physicist, considered one of the most influential scientific figures of the 20th century. Perhaps, more people know Einstein because of the world-famous equation, E=mc^2. Albert Einstein is popular across the whole/entire world for his remarkable theory, Theory Of Relativity. Nonetheless, he won the Nobel Prize in physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1921.

Intelligence is generally associated with an aged-old traditional IQ test, however; recent studies suggest that genes account for no more than 48 percent of IQ. Fifty-two percent is a function of prenatal care, environment, and education. psychologist Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences, which states that each of us possesses at least seven measurable intelligences (in later work Gardner and his colleagues cataloged twenty-five different
subintelligences):

★ Logical-Mathematical — Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie

★ Verbal-Linguistic — William Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore

★ Spatial-Mechanical — Buckminster Fuller, Michelangelo

★ Musical — Mozart, Ella Fitzgerald

★ Bodily-Kinesthetic — Muhammad Ali, F. M. Alexander

★ Interpersonal-Social — Nelson Mandela, MahatmaGandhi

★ Intrapersonal — Viktor Frankl, Mother Teresa

So far so good, but I leave this upon you to decide into which categories you fall onto and upon which Einstein was. Internet is huge. Netizens modified the Einstein quotes, in fact; several quotes are floating on the internet which Einstein never said. This article is going to deal with mesmerizing Einstein’s quotes and will be debunking some fake/misattributed quotes as well.

Einstein on knowledge and Wisdom



I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

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 positive knowledge.

[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. …The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.

Einstein on Philosophy

Philosophy is empty if it isn’t based on science. Science discovers, philosophy interprets.

Philosophy is like a mother who gave birth to and endowed all the other sciences. Therefore, one should not scorn her in her nakedness and poverty, but should hope, rather, that part of her Don Quixote ideal will live on in her children so that they do not sink into philistinism.

(Attributed in posthumous publication: Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann, Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives (1979))

Einstein on Nationalism

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.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

Einstein on Schooling

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.

School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam. 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. This was a Catholic School in Munich. I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement. How can a teacher understand youth with such a system? . . . from the age of twelve I began to suspect authority and distrust teachers. I learned mostly at home, first from my uncle and then from a student who came to eat with us once a week. He would give me books on physics and astronomy. The more I read, the more puzzled I was by the order of the universe and the disorder of the human mind, by the scientists who didn’t agree on the how, the when, or the why of creation. Then one day this student brought me Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Reading Kant, I began to suspect everything I was taught. I no longer believed in the known God of the Bible, but rather in the mysterious God expressed in nature.

(Attributed in posthumous publication: William Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man (1983))



Einstein on Authority

Blind obedience to authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Einstein on Solitude

Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.

Einstein on War and Politics

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Striving for peace and preparing for war are incompatible with each other, and in our time more so than ever.

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.

(Attributed in posthumous publication: Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann, Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives (1979))

Einstein on Music

If I was not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.

Einstein on Human Intellect

Much reading after a certain age diverts the mind from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theaters is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life.

A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.

Einstein on Theoretical knowledge and Reality

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships. In this effort toward logical beauty spiritual formulas are discovered necessary for the deeper penetration into the laws of nature.

Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.

Einstein on Success and Motivations

If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life is based on the labors of other men, 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.

More quotes from Einstein

“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.”

“In order to be a perfect member of a flock of sheep, one has to be, foremost, a sheep.”

“Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.”

“Production is carried on for profit, not for use.”

“It is the duty of every man of good will to strive steadfastly in his own little world to make this teaching of pure humanity a living force, so far as he can.”

“It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy.”

“Everyone likes me, yet nobody understands me.”

“The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds.”

Popular quotes that Einstein never made


“Common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen.”.

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

“Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.”

“Two things are infinite: the universe and the human stupidity.”

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” (The source generally (but falsely) cited is Einstein’s The World As I See It (1949). (The quotation is probably a translation of “Der Zufall ist das Pseudonym, das der liebe Gott wählt, wenn er inkognito bleiben will” (attributed to Albert Schweitzer).

“If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.”


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