31 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Albert Einstein
1. We are all born geniuses but life de-geniuses us.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
2. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
3. We are all ONE.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling 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.”
4. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
5. Imagination is more important than knowledge
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
6. Solitude can be delightful to a mature person
“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.”
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
7. Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway.
“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.”
8. The most beautiful thing we can experience in life is the mysterious.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
9. Religion and science should work together not against each other.
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
“Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.”
10. Seek valuable over success.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
“With fame, I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.”
11. Mistakes are a sign of growth and progress.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
12. If you can’t explain something in simple words, it means that you yourself don’t know what you’re talking about.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.”
13. Make no man/woman your idol.
“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.”
14. Be good because you want to be good and not because you fear punishment.
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”
15. Life is all about being of service.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving.”
16. Never stop learning.
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
17. Never stop questioning.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. What I mean is that we never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.”
18. Take matters in your own hands.
“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.”
19. Dare to be your true self.
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”
20. Let nature be your teacher.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
21. Change your thinking and you change your life.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
22. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
23. We become happier but making others happy.
“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”
24. There are no limits except those we impose on ourselves.
“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
25. Doing the right thing won’t always make you popular.
“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
26. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
27. You can’t make peace by using force.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
28. How you do something is how you do everything.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
29. If you follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd.
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
30. Intuition is a sacred gift.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
31. Wisdom is not a product of schooling.
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”