Albert Einstein, the genius Nobel prize-winning theoretical physicist, had a lot to say about E=MC squared, the Photoelectric effect, Brownian Motion, and Special Relativity. He also lived a full life with many diverse experiences, including being born in Germany and later emigrating to the U.S. He loved to sail, play the violin, and not wear socks. He was married twice and had a child out of wedlock (taboo then) with his first wife. Albert Einstein has a lot to say about how the world actually works and he puts it in plain words for all of us to understand. Keep on reading for some of his most brilliant insights.
Number Ten: Albert Einstein On Imagination
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” In telling us the importance of imagination, it sounds like he could be describing agape love, the highest form of love. Love embraces all, cultivating respect, innovation, and consequently permitting the evolution of the human species.
Number Nine: On Reality
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” From a layman’s perspective, what appears to us as reality can be very deceiving indeed, especially in our age of information overload. Doesn’t it appear as though our options are unlimited? Aren’t we led to believe in one form of happiness (i.e. success=money) and that we can all achieve it if only we work hard enough? Is that French fry I’m eating really made of a potato?
Number Eight: On Truth
“Truth is what stands the test of experience.” This quote reminds us that truth and experience are intertwined. From a lifestyle point of view, genuinely good experiences have more truth in them, and the more you know about what’s true and implement it, the more you will have genuinely good experiences.
Number Seven: On God
“I, at any rate, am convinced that He (God) does not throw dice.” If Albert Einstein’s observations have led him to think that the universe displays the signs that God has a purpose and plan for it, we wouldn’t get into a debate with him over it. The imagery he uses is humorous – picture God rolling dice to decide how to create the world. What are the chances God could create such an intricate live universe by making decisions according to the outcome of rolling dice?
Number Six: On Science VS. Religion
“Science without religion is lame, [and] religion without science is blind.” Essentially, what he’s saying is that religion encourages a purpose for science. Without religion, scientists may be blinded by their own biases. On the other hand, science offers religion the logic and proof required to have faith. Of course, it’s true some people are more skeptical than others and require more material evidence.
Number Five: On What Is Most Beautiful
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” We need to value mystery a little more in our culture. Maybe that’s why we’re all so jaded and tired after the age of 10. Our culture tends to breed know-it-alls with little concern over mystery.
Number Four: On Genius V. Stupidity
“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” Short, but profound! A classic Albert Einstein quote.
Number Three: On Attitude
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” This is great and can inspire hope in anyone. You are the sailor of your own ship. It means that if you work at having a strong attitude in your day-to-day, you’ll one day wake up with a strong character.
Number Two: On Insanity
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We can all relate to this one. Breaking up, getting back together (and not actually doing anything different), breaking up, getting back together (and not actually doing anything different), breaking up, getting back together….enough said.
Number One: On A Worthwhile Life
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” This is a perfect quote to end with. Human beings are not meant to live alone and selfishly. For better and worse, we’re meant to live in community, connecting with and helping care for each other.
While Albert Einstein’s soul has departed from his body, pieces of his genius brain can be viewed at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia and the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Maryland. The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Maryland also exhibits 14 pictures of his whole brain. Thanks for reading!