Inspiring Words by Albert Einstein

Inspiring Words by Albert Einstein
Inspiring World by Albert Einstein

Putting the Pieces Together (pastel) by Polly Castor

“I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.
Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, determined by the external world.”

“Time does not exist – we invented it. Time is what the clock says. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

“A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.”

“When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”

“The ancients knew something, which we seem to have forgotten.”

“The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.”

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”

“I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books.”

“The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them.”

“Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

by Albert Einstein (Thank you to Eric Dunn for sharing.)

The Realm (gouache) by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

8 Comments

  1. paula 1 month ago

    These are marvelous quotes! Do you have footnotes for them? I would love to go to the source of them. Are they from a book, or from several? Or a diary?

    I’ve read a couple of these quotes before but not so many. It gives me an entirely different picture of Albert Einstein than I had before

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      Polly Castor 1 month ago

      I’m sorry I do not. I appreciated them too. I got them from the gentleman who compiled the list mentioned at the bottom of the post.

  2. JOSEPH DAHLET HERRING 1 month ago

    Einstein’s reflections seem vastly different from Hawking’s.

  3. Sue Krevitt 1 month ago

    Go to Google…type in Albert Einstein Quotes

    I especially like the one: Albert Einstein’s Quotes on Spirituality.

    He knew…he knew.

  4. Paula 1 month ago

    ❤️

  5. Susan 1 month ago

    I thank you for these Einstein quotes all in one place Polly. And I thank Eric Dunn!
    Every single one speaks to me.
    You continue to be appreciated by me and I am so very grateful.

    Love,
    Susan

  6. Lisa 1 month ago

    Hi Polly, Lovely idea to share a list of Einstein quotes. But as a few didn’t sound familiar to me, I did a bit of research and found many that don’t seem to be Einstein’s. It is very difficult to trust compilation websites that collect “Einstein quotes.” The ones that align with our own thought are the ones we “want” to be his, but many are not coming up as his from sources of authority. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It’s worth checking these kinds of lists against more scholarly sites or actual articles by Einstein. Here are the ones I could not find clear confirmation on. Delighted to have any of this corrected as being authentically his:

    Based on language and syntax, there are doubts that these quotes are by Albert Einstein, though they are cool quotes:

    “The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them.”

    “Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

    “I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

    “I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.

    “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”

    “When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”

    “When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”

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      Polly Castor 1 month ago

      Thanks!

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