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Albert Einstein: The best quotes and wisdom

Genius of science, Nobel laureate and jack of all trades: Albert Einstein, probably the most prominent natural scientist of the 20th century, can be described in many ways. But he not only developed the revolutionary theory of relativity, he is also known for a number of meaningful quotes that are quite thought-provoking. We have collected the best quotes from Einstein.

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German physicist who was also eloquent. He is considered one of the most important theoretical physicists in the history of science. In 1915 Einstein published the general theory of relativity. For his scientific contributions to theoretical physics, especially for the discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, he received the Nobel Prize in 1921.

What many do not know: In general, the famous scientist thought a lot about the meaning of life and people. His most beautiful quotes are just as current and wise today as they were then. Here they come:

E = mc²: "The joy of looking and understanding is nature's most beautiful gift."

E = mc², no other formula from physics is as well known to the community as this one. The “E” in the equation stands for the rest energy and “m” describes the mass - both variables are proportional to each other. The “c” indicates the constant of the speed of light - that is, about 300,000,000 meters per second. In other words, the formula describes the equivalence of mass and energy. It was discovered by Albert Einstein as an essential part of his groundbreaking theory of relativity in 1905. This impetus not only had an impact on the relationship between energy and mass, it also revolutionized the idea of ​​space and time. These scientific discoveries also had a major impact on our world as we perceive it today. An almost philosophical approach that was also reflected in Einstein's view of life.

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"The joy of looking and understanding is nature's most beautiful gift."


Albert Einstein, born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, is the son of Hermann (1847-1902) and Pauline Einstein (née Koch, 1858-1920) of a German-Jewish family. Just a year later, the Einsteins left Albert's birthplace to move to Munich. Previously working as an electrician, the father and his brother founded their own company that same year, while Einstein's mother took care of the household. His family belonged to the middle class, was adapted to society and, despite their religious origin, was not strictly connected to Judaism. This also laid the foundation for Einstein's later development and way of thinking.

E = mc² is inevitably associated with Albert Einstein.

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Albert Einstein suffered from speech therapy weaknesses

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"It is the teacher's most important art to awaken the joy of creating and of knowing."

Einstein enjoyed a relatively unspectacular early childhood. However, from 1884 onwards, his parents made it possible for him to take private lessons in order to work up speech therapy weaknesses, so that one year later he could take part in the regular classes at the Catholic Petersschule. At the same time Einstein learned to play the violin and discovered his love for music, which from then on marked an important part of his life. In 1888 he switched to the Luitpold-Gymnasium, which he finished without a qualification in order to emigrate to Italy with his parents. After almost a year Einstein left the family domicile on his own. He went to Switzerland to take his Abitur at the canton school in Aarau on the advice of the Rector of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic University of Zurich (today ETH Zurich). Because of this, he was able to start studying mathematics and physics at the Polytechnic in 1896.

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"Never see studying as a duty, but as an enviable opportunity to get to know the liberating beauty in the field of the mind."

Albert Einstein was enthusiastic about science at an early age, but only achieved mediocre performance in his studies. Characterized by frequent absences, he relied on notes from other classmates - which on the one hand stood in the way of his career opportunities at the university, but also stood in the way of developing his own theories. Nevertheless, he successfully passed his diploma examination in the summer of 1900 and was henceforth allowed to call himself a specialist in mathematics. Although Einstein was not given the desired assistant professorship at the Polytechnic because of his controversial thinking, the Swiss Patent Office in Bern granted him a permanent position following a recommendation from his brother after a short time as a tutor.

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"Education is what is left when you forget everything you learned in school."

Quotes and wisdom: Einstein loved life

Einstein's probationary period at the Bern Patent Office began in December 1901. Around a year and a half later, he was promoted to third-class technical expert. An activity that gave him a lot of time for his scientific work in the evenings and in his free time. According to him, calmness and monotony are prerequisites for outstanding intellectual performance. During this time Albert founded the Olympia Academy, in which the members discussed scientific and philosophical topics in evening sessions. Einstein's fame rose immediately and German-speaking experts discovered the scientist.

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"There are two ways to live your life: either as if nothing is a miracle, or as if everything is a miracle."

Einstein's miracle year: His so-called annus mirabilis in physics was the year 1905. In this year he wrote his dissertation with the title On Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies and 4 other groundbreaking works. To wonder over and over again about banal things in life and nature was the beginning of many of his mind games with which he tried to explain his creativity explosion. In these writings, Einstein questions the foundations of physics at the time and, including the famous equation E = mc², ushered in the age of modern physics.

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“If you sit with a girl for two hours, you think it's a minute. But if you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That is relativity. "

Once fellow students, Albert Einstein and Mileva Marić married shortly after Einstein's father's death in January 1903 - against the will of both families. The marriage resulted in a daughter and two sons, Lieserl (1902, given to Belgrade for adoption before the marriage and for this reason), Hans Albert (1904) and Eduard (1910). In the spring of 1914 Albert Einstein moved to Berlin, where he became a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. His marriage suffered and a few years later they divorced. At the same time he felt drawn to his cousin Elsa, who also lived in Berlin.

Einstein described himself as a religious unbeliever

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

Einstein described himself as a religious unbeliever who neither believes in a personified God, nor were these ideas about modern world views. His cosmic religiosity was much more concerned with the idea of ​​illustrating every basic law of the world through mathematical equations. In contrast to conventional beliefs, in which the gods are graced by rituals or morality is preached, cosmic religiosity is based on the connection with all life in the cosmos.

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"I am more interested in the future than in the past, because I intend to live in it."

Very different from his war-loving colleagues, Einstein wrote memoranda of a pacifist nature during the First World War. In a published letter he commented on the alleged root of the war and justified it with the aggressive nature of the male being. At that time, however, the young physicist was also struggling with personal crises - his marriage and health problems.

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“We call that, whereby our calculations fail, coincidence.”

Even before the time of the First World War, namely from 1910 onwards, Einstein's theories can increasingly be found in proposals for the Nobel Prize. In fact, it was only awarded to him in 1922, but not explicitly, as many assumed, for his work on the theory of relativity. But for his services to theoretical physics and the discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.

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"God does not play dice"

Albert Einstein was looking for a unified theory

After Einstein's theory of relativity became known to the public, he began looking for a unified theory from 1920 that would include electrodynamics in his equations in addition to gravitation. Initially supported by colleagues, he ended up working on his theses on his own. Einstein did not want to be satisfied with the current research on quantum mechanics, especially with regard to the probabilities that came into play here. After all, according to Einstein, God does not roll the dice.

Also read: The last piece of the puzzle for Albert Einstein's theory of relativity has been found.

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"The greatest scientists are always artists too."

Einstein's life was not always just about packing the natural constants into mathematical equations. He was often seen playing the violin on the street. As an admirer of composer legends like Mozart or Bach, he developed into a good musician. In addition, Albert liked to let his mind wander while sailing and found his peace and quiet so that he could brood over complicated theories again afterwards.

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"Smart is the one who simply says difficult things."

Einstein's following years were marked by a series of lecture tours to England, France, Japan, Israel and the USA, among others. There he revealed his findings to a broad, enthusiastic audience of scientists, students and curious participants. His answers to political questions from a pacifist point of view also helped him to become a member of the League of Nations Commission and from there to support other movements for peace.

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"The world is not threatened by people who are evil, but by those who allow evil."

Viewing developments in Germany with suspicion, Albert Einstein decides not to return to his homeland, but to choose the city of Princeton (New Jersey, USA) as his exile and permanent residence. On October 1st, 1940, in addition to his Swiss citizenship, he received the naturalization certificate of the United States of America. Einstein thereby escapes the Hitler regime and the persecution of the Jews in the Third Reich.

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"We cannot avoid the fact that every single act we do has an effect on the whole."

Einstein turned away from Germany: "A new way of thinking is necessary if humanity wants to go on living."

When Einstein turned away from Germany, he feared that the German Reich might develop an atomic bomb with the help of his popular formula. In a letter to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the scientist drew attention to these circumstances and advised the government to invest in nuclear research. As a result, the world's first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945 on a test site in New Mexico, and its explosive power surprised even optimists. However, Einstein was not involved in the development.

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"Man invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse in the world would construct a mousetrap."

With a simple “oh woe” in response to the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, Einstein's inner reaction can only be guessed at. He was aware that he was instrumental in the development of such a weapon. In addition, his pacifist attitude would forbid him to use any (weapon) violence. Furthermore, the Germans could not achieve any success in their attempts, which is why the developments in this area on the part of America would not have been justified in any case.

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"A new way of thinking is necessary if humanity is to go on living."

As a renowned scientist, Einstein was able to do his utmost to help refugees from Europe in the USA in the post-war period. He also proposed a world government in an open letter to the United Nations in 1946 in order to maintain a lasting peace. After the death of his second wife in 1939, his sister took care of him, who also died in 1951.

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"The most important thing is not to stop asking."

Einstein: His best quotes will stay with us

Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76 from the consequences of an aneurysm that had been discovered in a surgical operation on the abdomen in the late 1940s. Removing this would have been associated with considerable complications, which is why Einstein decided against an operation. Due to his health, he spent the last part of his life mainly in Princeton and continued to devote himself to world politics and science. Einstein leaves a precious legacy to his posterity, which not only revolutionized research in the field of natural science, but also determines our everyday life in many areas to this day. Above all, the life of the jack of all trades shows that it is important to question everything and always maintain your childish curiosity.

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