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American (German-born) theoretical physicist
(1879 - 1955)
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A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
      - [Attitude]

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "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 personsnearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
      - [Universe]

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend 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.
      - [Effort]

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.
      - [Ethics]

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
      - [Problems]

A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them.
      - [Change]

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
      - [Sanity]

A religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt about the significance of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation.
      - [Religion]

A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.
      - [Theories]

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.
      - [Scientists]

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
      - [Peace]

All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike--and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
      - [Science]

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
      - [Religion]

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
      - [Growth]

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
      - [Anger]

Any 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.
      - [Genius]

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.
      - [Genius]

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
      - [Kisses]

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
      - [Thought]

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
      - [Mistake]

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
      - [Mathematics]

Before God we are equally wise and equally foolish.
      - [Equality]

Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.
      - [Bureaucracy]

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
      - in "Mathematics, Queen and Servant of the Sciences" by E.T. Bell
        [Common Sense]

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
      - [Technology]

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