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American (German-born) theoretical physicist
(1879 - 1955)
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The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
      - [Problems]

The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.
      - [Youth]

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.
      - [Morality]

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
      - [Incomprehensibility]

The only real valuable thing is intuition.
      - [Intuition]

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
      - [Time]

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
      - [Education]

The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service.
      - [Peace]

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
      - [Problems]

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
      - [Research]

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking . . . the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
      - [Atomic Bombs]

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
      - [Atomic Bombs]

The scientific theorist is not to be envied. For Nature, or more precisely experiment, is an inexorable and not very friendly judge of his work. It never says "Yes" to a theory. In the most favorable cases it says "Maybe," and in the great majority of cases simply "No." If an experiment agrees with a theory it means for the latter "Maybe," and if it does not agree it means "No." Probably every theory will someday experience its "No"--most theories, soon after conception.
      - in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, by H. Dukas and B. Hoffman

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
      - [Curiosity]

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
      - [Creativity]

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
      - [Problems]

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
      - [Tragedy]

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
      - [Self]

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
      - [Value]

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
      - [Science]

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
      - [Indifference]

There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.
      - [Stupidity]

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
      - [Life : Miracles]

There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion.
      - [Religion]

There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.
      - [Nature]

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