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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Our separation from each other is an optical illusion of consciousness.

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes.

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

To punish me for my contempt of authority, fate has made me an authority myself.

Only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

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.

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

The legs are the wheels of creativity.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

A dreamer and a thinker understood the value of imagination. He called his imagination a "holy curiosity."

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.

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.

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.

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.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

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.

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.

I owe more to my ability to fantasize than to any knowledge I've ever acquired.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.

God does not play dice with the universe.

When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.

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

There's a genius in all of us.

The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.

Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more.

Logic is the anatomy of thought.

I never thought that others would take my theories so much more seriously than I did.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

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.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

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