Posted by: Jodi | January 9, 2011

Quickly Quotable #41 – Albert Einstein

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

‘Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

Albert Einstein

  • Born: 14 March 1879
  • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
  • Died: 18 April 1955 (heart failure)
  • Best Known As: Creator of the theory of relativity

Thanks to his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became the most famous scientist of the 20th century. In 1905, while working in a Swiss patent office, Einstein published a paper proposing a “special theory of relativity,” a groundbreaking notion which laid the foundation for much of modern physics theory. (The theory included his famous equation e=mc².) Einstein’s work had a profound impact on everything from quantum theory to nuclear power and the atom bomb. He continued to develop and refine his early ideas, and in 1915 published what is known as his general theory of relativity. By 1920 Einstein was internationally renowned; he won the Nobel Prize in 1921, not for relativity but for his 1905 work on the photoelectric effect. In 1933 Einstein moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked at the Institute for Advanced Studies until the end of his life. Einstein’s genius is often compared with that of Sir Isaac Newton; in 2000 Time magazine named him the leading figure of the 20th century.

Einstein was famously rumpled and frizzy-haired, and over time his image has become synonymous with absent-minded genius… He sent a famous letter to Franklin Roosevelt in 1939, warning that Germany was developing an atomic bomb and urging Allied research toward the same goal… Einstein married Mileva Maric in 1903. They had two sons: Hans Albert (b. 1904) and Eduard (b. 1910). They also had a daughter born before their marriage, Leiserl (b. 1902). She apparently was given for adoption or died in infancy. Mileva and Albert were divorced in 1914… He married his cousin Elsa Löwenthal in 1919, and they remained married until her death in 1936… The Institute for Advanced Studies has no formal link to Princeton University; however, according the IAS website, the two institutions “have many historic ties and ongoing relationships”… The Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened in New York City in 1955. It is part of Yeshiva University. Einstein did not create the school, but gave his permission to have his name used.

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Responses

  1. You KNOW I love this post! He really is a treasure trove of quotables. I highly recommend to you Walter Isaacson’s biography of Einstein. Completely readable and understandable. I learned a great deal, and when pressed, I might be able to give you a very elementary (mis)understanding of the general theory of relativity that could possibly lead one to believe that I know what I am talking about! All because I read that book! All kidding aside, it is a great book, and a page-turner!

    • Did it just for you! Thanks for the recommendation, I will look for his biography.

  2. There is something so “sexy” about intelligence married with humor. Love the twinkle in his eye.

    • He’s one of the people I would love to spend an evening with, just to talk about life and philosophy. Wonder what he would say about today…

  3. A world with more Albert Einsteins and Carl Sagans and fewer Osama Bin Ladens and Kim Jong Ils would be as close to a utopia has we could ever hope for.

    • Amen. Intelligence will always overcome! Just wish there was more of it to go around.


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