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The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
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.
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.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
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.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
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.
The man of science is a poor philosopher.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.