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Wise words from Albert Einstein

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Oct. 11th, 2012 | 03:14 am

"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

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

"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the
heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does
not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to
whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes
are closed."

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is
necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward
after death."

"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe
in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

"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."

"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."

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot
of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."

"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

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