Photograph of Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

Albert Einstein Quotations

Albert Einstein, named by Time Magazine in 1999 as the “Person of the Century,” wrote his 1st scientific paper at age 15 and by age 21 earned his degree in physics. After graduation, he spent almost 2 years unsuccessfully looking for a teaching job in academia and through the help of a friend’s father, eventually landed a job with the Swiss patent office, where he continued to work, despite being passed over for a promotion. He continued to publish extraordinarily important scientific works including his famous “Theory of Relativity” and eventually held a series of jobs in ever more prestigious universities, from which he negotiated contractual clauses that enabled him devote a great deal more of his time to writing and publishing than to teaching.

Image: Photograph of Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

“When you create you get a little endorphin rush. Why do you think Einstein looked like that?”

– Robin Williams  (1953- 2014)

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

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

“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology