When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
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.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.