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Saturday, March 09, 2013

My Favourite Einstein Quotes

Bookyards.com is one of my favourite  cyberspaces. A place where I can find a lot of books - free books.

It's where I found this 'Book of quotes by Albert Einstein'

The quotes I have listed below really tickled me - he being the great scientist and all that.
It's obvious that he was a down to earth person.

1. One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.

2. 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.

Albert Einstein, Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton
3. Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

4. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. (This one takes the prize.)

5. 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.

6. Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.

7. Humiliation and mental oppression by ignorant and selfish teachers wreak havoc in the youthful mind that can never be undone and often exert a baleful influence in later life.

8. Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust - we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

9. "We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them".(I absolutely love this one.) Did he quote it from a scientific viewpoint or what? Needless to say, it is philosophical like all his other quotes.

10."The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources". Hmm... plagiarism?
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