Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921

原文: The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,but by those who watch them without doing anything.

原文:The ideals which have guided my way, and time after time have given me the energy to face life, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.

原文:There is nothing divine about morality;it is a purely human affair.

原文:As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail. Civil liberty implies freedom to express one’s political convictions, in speech and in writing; tolerance implies respect for the convictions of others, whatever they may be. These conditions do not exist in Germany at the present time. Men, among them leading artists, who have made a particularly great contribution to the cause of international understanding, are being persecuted there.

原文:Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.

原文:If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

原文:Few are those who see with their own eyes, and feel with their own hearts.

原文:So many people today — and even professional scientists — seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest. A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is — in my opinion — the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.

原文:A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are 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.

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

原文:If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

原文: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.

原文:Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

原文:As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.

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

原文:It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

原文:I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind .

原文:Before God we are all equally wise— and equally foolish.

原文:Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the ‘old one’. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.

原文:Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.


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