"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and 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 indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."
"Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within."
"The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle."
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundemental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who know it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle."
Einstein and society