10 Life Experience Based Albert Einstein Quotes

Born on March 14, 1879, in the southern German city of Ulm, Albert Einstein grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Munich. As a child, Einstein became fascinated by music (he played the violin), mathematics and science. He dropped out of school in 1894 and moved to Switzerland, where he resumed his schooling and later gained admission to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich. In 1896, he renounced his German citizenship, and remained officially stateless before becoming a Swiss citizen in 1901. While working at the patent office, Einstein did some of the most creative work of his life, producing no fewer than four groundbreaking articles in 1905 alone. In the first paper, he applied the quantum theory (developed by German physicist Max Planck) to light in order to explain the phenomenon known as the photoelectric effect, by which a material will emit electrically charged particles when hit by light. The second article contained Einstein’s experimental proof of the existence of atoms, which he got by analyzing the phenomenon of Brownian motion, in which tiny particles were suspended in water. Much to his surprise, his ideas, like Darwin’s, reverberated beyond science, influencing modern culture from painting to poetry. At first even many scientists didn’t really grasp relativity, prompting Arthur Eddington’s celebrated wisecrack (asked if it was true that only three people understood relativity, the witty British astrophysicist paused, then said, “I am trying to think who the third person is”). To the world at large, relativity seemed to pull the rug out from under perceived reality. And for many advanced thinkers of the 1920’s, from Dadaists to Cubists to Freudian, that was a fitting credo, reflecting what science historian David Cassidy calls “the in-comprehensiveness of the contemporary scene–the fall of monarchies, the upheaval of the social order, indeed, all the turbulence of the 20th century.” Albert Einstein believed about the life that; 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 feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.

Sacred human responsibility

“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.”

Science without religion

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

A ship is always safe at the shore

A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.

Inevitably disappointed

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.”

Valuable gift

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”

Fear punishment

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

Life lived for others

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.”

So long as there are men there will be wars

“So long as there are men there will be wars.”

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity

“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”

Love chopping wood

“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”