My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
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.
Any intelligent 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.
I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
God is subtle but he is not malicious.
I am convinced that He does not play dice.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
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
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
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.
The highest principles for our aspirations and judgements are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations. If one were to take that goal out of out of its religious form and look merely at its purely human side, one might state it perhaps thus: free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind. ...[I]t is only to the individual that a soul is given. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any otherway.
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.