Albert Einstein is one of the most celebrated minds in history. His contributions to science, mathematics, and philosophy are legendary, greatly influencing the modern world and having a positive impact across all fields of study.

To appreciate this genius and his body of work even more, we’ve put together a collection of inspiring quotes from Albert himself on life, inspiration, and knowledge. Reading through this compilation of his thoughts allows us to gain insight into the heart, mind, and soul of one of the brightest minds humanity has ever known.

From deep reflections to wit and quips, these pieces can help us gain further insight into the incredible man behind them.

95+ Albert Einstein Quotes To Provoke Your Mind

  1. We have been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly just how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists. If this humility could be imparted to everybody, the world of human endeavors would become more appealing.
  2. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
  3. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world.
  4. Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking, and observing, there we enter the realm of art and science.
  5. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend only a little of this mystery every day.
  6. No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong.
  7. All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking.
  8. Valuable achievement can sprout from human society only when it is sufficiently loosened to make possible the free development of an individual’s abilities.
  9. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  10. Love brings much happiness, much more so than pining for someone brings pain.
  11. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  12. Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
  13. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
  14. I believe in intuitions and inspiration. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.
  15. He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt.
  16. Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.
  17. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving
  18. 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.
  19. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas
  20. He has been given a large brain by mistake since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
  21. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school
  22. Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
  23. The only source of knowledge is experience.
  24. Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.
  25. All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward enabling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
  26. One thing I have learned in a long life: is that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
  27. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
  28. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  29. The greatest scientists are artists as well.
  30. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
  31. A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space.
  32. I believe in intuition and inspiration. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.
  33. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
  34. When I am judging a theory, I ask myself whether, if I were God, I would have arranged the world in such a way.
  35. There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
  36. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
  37. Intellectuals solve problems, and geniuses prevent them.
  38. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
  39. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
  40. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
  41. Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
  42. I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
  43. If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
  44. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
  45. Most people say that it is the intellect that makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
  46. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
  47. Long live impudence! It’s my guardian angel in this world.
  48. Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted. 
  49. Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore it.
  50. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
  51. Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  52. I always get by best with my naivety, which is 20 percent deliberate.
  53. Truth is what stands the test of experience.
  54. The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
  55. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them
  56. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
  57. A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.
  58. Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
  59. I salute the man who is going through life always helpful, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien.
  60. To raise new questions, and new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, require creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
  61. Any fool can know. The point is to understand
  62. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.
  63. Without deep reflection, one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
  64. The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
  65. Education is not the learning of facts; it’s rather the training of the mind to think.
  66. I love to travel, but I hate to arrive.
  67. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
  68. To raise new questions, and new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
  69. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
  70. Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
  71. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
  72. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
  73. Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
  74. I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
  75. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
  76. 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.
  77. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
  78. 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.
  79. The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
  80. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
  81. A question that sometimes drives me hazy – am I or are the others crazy?
  82. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
  83. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
  84. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
  85. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
  86. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
  87. Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
  88. I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings.
  89. It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.
  90. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
  91. The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
  92. 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.
  93. Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
  94. The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
  95. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
  96. The most beautiful thing we can experience is mystery. It is the source of all true art and science.
  97. The man of science is a poor philosopher.

Albert Einstein was a true giant in his field, and the legacy he left behind speaks volumes of his genius. His ideas and theories shook science to its core and offered new insight into how our world works.

The Albert Einstein quotes listed here demonstrate his unique vision and provide valuable lessons for those interested in pursuing their passions, no matter the obstacles that stand in their way.

Thinking differently has immense power and Einstein proves it can take us places we never thought possible; as he himself said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

His words are timeless and authentic which speaks volumes about his own beliefs and values; living each day with an open heart and mind, controlling what we can, and embracing what we cannot. Truly Albert Einstein was ahead of his time, inspiring generations to come!