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30 Insightful Albert Einstein Quotes

October 19, 2010


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I’ve been thinking about the first quote on this list for a long time – “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”  It implies that you can only learn so much by reading; eventually, you have to start doing.  Whether it’s business, marketing, entrepreneurship or life, at some point the rubber has to hit the road, and that’s when you really start to learn.  Quote number 25 on this list supports that – “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

These quotes range from insightful to humorous.  Make sure you catch number 30.  It’s the most hilarious.

Enjoy the read.

1.  “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

2.  “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

3.  “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.”

4.  “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

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

6.  “God always takes the simplest way.”

7.  “God does not play dice.”

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

9.  “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

10. “I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.”

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

12. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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

14. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

15. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

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

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

18. “Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

19. “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”

20. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

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

22. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

23. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

24. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

25. “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

26. “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

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

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

29. “We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.”

30. “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.”

Which quote is your favorite?  Let everyone know by leaving a comment below.


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  1. You forgot my favorite one!

    “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
    Albert Einstein

  2. That’s a great one. Thanks for adding it.

  3. That first one is a very interesting quote, because until modern times, people were a little shy about sounding too bookish. America’s founding fathers, for example, sometimes tried to downplay how much reading they did, because it was occasionally taken as a sign that something was missing from their experience, and they wanted to emphasize their own original thought and actions. (Thanks for sharing the quotes, and reminding us to actually get out there and DO something.)

  4. I didn’t know that people used to be shy about being too bookish.

    Related to emphasizing their own thoughts and actions, Einstein seemed to be right on top of that one as well — #28 “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

  5. I love Albert Einstein and love hearing his quotes, but I’ve never fully understood this one:

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

    Anyone know what he was getting at?


    • Hi Colin,

      I’m not sure what the answer is to your question. What I think is that all of the things we talk about are things that we’ve learned. Eventually you can’t always quote your sources. Once you get to this point you sound quite creative when actually you are just repeating what you’ve learned with the addition of personal adaptations.

      That’s my take. I’d love to hear what other people think.


  6. Timothy Balisky permalink

    Regarding quote one, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

    Perhaps not only lazy but also dangerous…and yet, any man who uses his brain too much and reads too little falls into traps which others have already passed over and tends toward errors that are clearly avoidable; particularly if that man is actually not as big brained as he is led to believe.

    • Wow, great comment. Too bad Mr. Einstein isn’t here to counter. 🙂

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