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American (German-born) theoretical physicist
(1879 - 1955)
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Things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.
      - [Simplicity]

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
      - [Thinking]

To get to know a country, you must have direct contact with the earth. It's futile to gaze at the world through a car window.
      - [Countries]

To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.
      - [Ethics]

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
      - [Murder]

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
      - [Authority]

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
      - [Imagination]

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
      - [America]

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
      - [Art]

Truth is what stands the test of experience.
      - [Truth]

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
      - [Character]

We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are they are they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent being toward God.
      - [Research]

We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
      - [Knowledge]

We cannot despair of humanity, since we are ourselves human beings.
      - [Humanity]

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
      - [Problems]

We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.
      - [Knowledge]

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
      - [Thinking]

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
      - [Intellect]

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
      - [Attitude]

What a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of the other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.
      - [Thought]

What is this frog and mouse battle among the mathematicians?
      - in "Mathematical Circles Squared" by H. Eves

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.
      - [God]

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
      - [Physics]

When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and graviton have no separate existence from matter.
      - [Physics]

When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: "If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits."
      - [Apparel]

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