99 Inspiring Tweets From Albert Einstein

Albert-Einstein-Geoffrey-JamesBased on his pithy quotes, the greatest physicist of all time would definitely have been a master micro-blogger.

Albert Einstein, who died 60 years ago, was arguably the smartest human who ever lived. If he were alive today, there’s no question in my mind that he’d have a huge Twitter following. Here are his best tweet-able quotes.

  1. A man should look for what is and not for what he thinks should be.
  2. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
  3. A simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone.
  4. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
  5. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
  6. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
  7. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
  8. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
  9. Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish.
  10. Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
  11. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
  12. Everyone should be respected as an individual but no one idolized.
  13. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.
  14. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
  15. Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.
  16. Force always attracts men of low morality.
  17. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
  18. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
  19. He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
  20. Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
  21. I am a deeply religious nonbeliever; this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
  22. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
  23. I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
  24. I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
  25. If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward then we are a sorry lot indeed.
  26. If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
  27. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
  28. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
  29. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
  30. In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems.
  31. Information is not knowledge.
  32. Insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
  33. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
  34. Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
  35. It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
  36. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
  37. It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
  38. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.
  39. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
  40. It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
  41. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  42. Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
  43. Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
  44. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  45. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
  46. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
  47. Love is a better teacher than duty.
  48. Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.
  49. Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
  50. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
  51. Never think of the future–it comes soon enough.
  52. No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
  53. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
  54. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
  55. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
  56. Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master.
  57. Only two things are infinite–the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
  58. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
  59. People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
  60. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  61. Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
  62. Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
  63. Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
  64. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
  65. Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
  66. The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
  67. The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
  68. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
  69. The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
  70. The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
  71. The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
  72. The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
  73. The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
  74. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  75. The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
  76. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
  77. The only real valuable thing is intuition.
  78. The only source of knowledge is experience.
  79. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
  80. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
  81. The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
  82. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
  83. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
  84. The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
  85. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
  86. There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never
  87. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination.
  88. True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
  89. True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
  90. We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
  91. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
  92. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
  93. We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
  94. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
  95. When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.
  96. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
  97. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
  98. Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
  99. You have to learn the rules of the game. Then you have to play better than anyone else.

Kudos to leadership guru Gordon Tredgold for sending me a couple of Einstein quotes illustrating points in his upcoming book. The quotes were so apt and businesslike that they piqued my interest, resulting in this post.

Originally published at Inc.



Geoffrey James

Geoffrey James

Geoffrey James, writes a daily column for Inc.com and is the author of the newly-published book Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

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