Top 60 Albert Einstein Quotes That Will Change Your Life

Albert Einstein, a superb mathematician and physicist, is the most influential scientist of the 20th century till date. Like his influential theories, his life quotes also influence young and old, greatly. In 1905, known as the “miracle year” for Einstein, he had published four separate papers, which redefined his career and the course of the study of physics. His ground-breaking researches, the special theory of relativity, E = mc², photoelectric effect, and Brownian motion, were become the part of one of the best physics journals of the era. Albert Einstein Quotes will show us how genius he was and how his words can make life so easy and practical.

Einstein’s youth was inspired by deep inquisitiveness and inquiry hence, he felt alienated by the school’s rigid pedagogical approach. He had a knack for science and mathematics from an early age and his former tutor, Max Talmud, had become the first person to introduce him to dream about the nature of light. In the same year, 1880, inspired by children’s science text, he penned down his first paper on, “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields.”

Albert’s school life in mid-1890s was a rough patch and he even dropped out once from school. Later, he joined the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich to at least hold on to a graduation degree. His first job, in 1902, had given him the time to explore ideas and untapped his potential that had taken hold during his studies in Polytechnic and it was then he invented his most influential theorems on what would be known as the principal of relativity. His life is an inspiration for generations after him and so do Albert Einstein Quotes.

Albert Einstein became the Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1921, for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Despite his theory of relativity that remained questionable, he was awarded with another prize in the following year. The Nazis were on the rise in his native Germany. His Jewish status barred him from his job and Einstein himself even targeted to be killed. He immigrated to the United States in 1933 and joined Princeton University in New Jersey where Einstein spent the rest of his life. In 1935, he was able to get the permanent residency and became an American citizen. During WWII, he gained tremendous attention with his proposition on Navy-based weapon systems. He became a strong voice against nationalism and Albert Einstein quotes asserted great stress against racism.

In 1939, Einstein with an intention to alert U.S President, ”Franklin D. Roosevelt” of a Nazi bomb proposed the United States to create its own nuclear weapons. No sooner than its inception, in 1945, the U.S bombed Hiroshima, Japan, and the weapon system came under scrutiny for mass destruction. It was then the catastrophe moved Albert and he started off with efforts to curtail usage of the a-bomb. After the World War, he withdrew himself from the spotlight and immersed completely to work on the unified field theory.

Einstein, an iconic thinker, a genius and a rare gem, is named Person of the Century by Time in 1999. His passion for inquiry has inspired many and a veritable mountain of books has been written on his inspiring life and ingenious researches. He has left behind his legacy for inquisitive minds and inspirational Albert Einstein quotes for all and sundry.

60 Albert Einstein Quotes


“The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

“The only source of knowledge is experience.”


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”

“One thing I have learned in a long life: That all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”

“The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems … I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.”

“The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind … is akin to that of the religious worshipper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.”


“It is true that my parents were worried because I began to speak fairly late, so that they even consulted a doctor. I can’t say how old I was — but surely not less than three.”

“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.”

“If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.”

“Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race.”

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.”


“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.”

“If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.”

“The aim [of education] must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.”


“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”

“Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.”

“I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express in words afterwards.”

“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”


“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

“I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.”

“Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” 

“The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”


“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

“In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” 


“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”


“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”

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

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

“You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.”

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”


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

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”


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