51 Famous Einstein Quotes About Love, Life, and Religion

Updated on May 20, 2020
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In addition to being a great scientist, Einstein was also an eloquent philosopher who had a way with words.
In addition to being a great scientist, Einstein was also an eloquent philosopher who had a way with words. | Source

Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was a supergenius scientist who became famous for his theory of special relativity, among other scientific achievements. Since his death, he has become a well-known symbol of intelligence and creativity in popular culture. His quotes, which range in topic from the importance of humor and silliness to the concept of mortality and are shared around the world on t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and other memorabilia. This is a curated list of some of his best and funniest quotes about love, life, success, knowledge, atheism, God, and religion.

A Short Biography of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-American physicist. He was born in the city of Ulm in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. A few years later, he moved to the United States where he became a lecturer and mathematics professor at Princeton. His activities and pursuits in America related not only to science but also to political and social issues. He was a known pacifism activist and a famously absent-minded professor.

How I Chose These Quotes

After doing some research, I decided to focus this article on Einstein's simplest, shortest, funniest, and most unique quotes. I've divided the list into the following five categories:

  • Love
  • Philosophy and Life in General
  • Success and Motivation
  • God, religion, and Atheism
  • Knowledge

I hope you find some inspiration and laughter in Einstein's words. I know I have!

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This photo of Albert and his first wife, Mileva, was taken in 1912. This photo of Albert and his second wife, Elsa, was taken in June  of 1921.
This photo of Albert and his first wife, Mileva, was taken in 1912.
This photo of Albert and his first wife, Mileva, was taken in 1912. | Source
This photo of Albert and his second wife, Elsa, was taken in June  of 1921.
This photo of Albert and his second wife, Elsa, was taken in June of 1921. | Source

Funny Quotes About Love

  • "Love is a better teacher than duty."
  • "Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do—but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it."
  • "No, this trick won’t work . . . How on Earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"
  • "Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed."
  • "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."

"Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance your must keep on moving." —Einstein in a letter to his son
"Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance your must keep on moving." —Einstein in a letter to his son

About Philosophy and Life in General

  • "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
  • "I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
  • "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."
  • "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
  • "If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber."
  • "If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith."
  • "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
  • "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

One of the most famous photographs of Einstein features him sticking out his tongue in a display of his trademark goofiness.
One of the most famous photographs of Einstein features him sticking out his tongue in a display of his trademark goofiness. | Source

About Success and Motivation

  • "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods."
  • "The value of achievement lies in the achieving."
  • "Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them."
  • "Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."
  • "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."
  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

"If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut."

— Albert Einstein
  • "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
  • "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."
  • "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."
  • "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
  • "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."

"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice." —Albert Einstein
"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice." —Albert Einstein | Source

About God, Religion, and Atheism

  • "God always takes the simplest way."
  • "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
  • "I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil."
  • "I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details."
  • "I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."
  • "God is subtle but he is not malicious."
  • "Morality is of the highest importance—but for us, not for God."

  • "All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree."
  • "True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."
  • "God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically."
  • "No, and one life is enough for me." (in response to the question, "Do you believe in immortality?")
  • "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."

This aged stamp shows Einstein next to his most recognizable equation—the equation of mass-energy equivalence.
This aged stamp shows Einstein next to his most recognizable equation—the equation of mass-energy equivalence. | Source

About Knowledge

  • "The search for truth is more precious than its possession."
  • "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
  • "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
  • "There's a genius in all of us."
  • "Information is not knowledge."

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

— Albert Einstein
  • "The man of science is a poor philosopher."
  • "Truth is what stands the test of experience.
  • The only source of knowledge is experience"
  • "I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive."
  • "The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes."

Bonus: Albert Einstein's Favorite Quote of All

Albert Einstein himself loved quotes and sayings. He had a favorite one, too. Do you know what is it? Here his favorite quote, which is also printed on a sign that is hung in his former office at Princeton:

“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.”


Questions & Answers

  • I am convinced that God does not play dice, what does this quote mean?

    Albert Einstein wrote: “Quantum theory yields much, but it hardly brings us close to the Old One’s secrets. I, in any case, am convinced He does not play dice with the universe.” It was addressed by Einstein to Max Born (one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics) in a letter that he wrote to Born in 1926.

    Einstein’s disagreement with the fundamental concept of Quantum Mechanics that at the quantum (i.e. atomic) level nature and the universe are totally random, namely events happen by mere chance. It uncertainty that Einstein disagreed with.

    If quantum principles use to probability of throw dice, only predict how probable an event is to happen (like how many probabilities are there for six to come out when we throw dice). To express that he strongly disagreed, Einstein wrote, "He (God) does not play dice with the universe". Simply said, God as the creator, put an logical laws or principals in all creations, but science did not discover it yet.

    Today, many people use the quote out of the context of quantum theory, or people used it in their own context. When you fall in in love with someone and becomes a lover, but few month then you found your lover cheated, and you said, "Why God send him to me?" I can said to you, "God does not play dice with the universe..."

    For more explanation: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/news/2014/09/physics-bey...

  • What did Mr. Einstein mean by the "not everything that count can be counted and not everything that can be counted, counts."?

    The above quote, often misattributed to Albert Einstein, but some said it is from the sociologist, William Bruce Cameron. The quote is hung in Einstein's office at Princeton. As Daniel J. Siegel wrote in his book, A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, he interpreted that quote as "not everything that is measurable is important, and not everything that is important is measurable".

    https://books.google.co.id/books?id=aOKvCwAAQBAJ&a...

  • Love is a better teacher than duty, what does it mean?

    "Love" in this quote can be said as "passion" too. If you love your job or work, then you do it with all of your heart. But if you don't, you just do it as "duty", likes only cares about what the teaching topic, explain it to students, give exam, evaluate it, and etc. But a teacher who teach as "love" or "passion", they cares their students, help them to learn, encourage and appreciate the student achievement, help the student with difficulties to learn, motivates the student to loves their learning. Student known well the type of their teachers. Just ask the children around you who is the teacher they loves and hate. you will find that the teacher who loves most surely is the teacher who teach with love then duty. And, the teacher they hate is who teach just as "duty".

    If you are parent, when you teach or help your child to learn such homework, which one is your types?

  • What religion was Einstein?

    As long as I know, Albert Einstein did not follow a specific kind of religion. He has his own philosophical views about his religiosity.

    I prefer said he is an agnostic or in his own words as "religious nonbeliever", rather then said as atheist, because he ever said, "I am not atheist". If you want to know more about his Religious and philosophical views of Albert Einstein, see the link below:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_and_philos...

Which of Einstein's Sayings Is Your Favorite?

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      prachi shethiya 

      11 days ago

      they were really very helpfull. thanks a lot. Albert Einstein was really a great person. i am fan of his simplicity towards his work and even people

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      freedom moday 

      6 weeks ago

      His quote is a wise saying.

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      Nazmul Hasan 

      2 months ago

      You are so much intellegent.I'm proud of you..

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      Argwings 

      2 months ago

      Albert Einstein's wisdom is natural & God given ,, I love how he lived a simple life of research & quest for the theory of relativity time space amuses me ...

      He's quotes keep me going

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      Abdul hafiiz 

      3 months ago

      I really love all albert's quotes

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      mohammad 

      3 months ago

      Thank you so much

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      Kenenisabekele305@gmail 

      7 months ago

      Best love qoutes

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      mr.Triam 

      8 months ago

      you are the best author Albert Einstein cause you motivate me to fit in this contempolary world..marvellous work

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      GachaBelle 

      10 months ago

      Nice work! :3

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      Tk 

      12 months ago

      you are the best albert because of you motivate me

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      elnino 

      2 years ago

      my favorite is "the only reason time exists is so that everything doesn't happen at once"

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      Brandon Hart 

      5 years ago from The Game

      I like Einstien's quote saying: "If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith."

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      asif 

      6 years ago

      Very nice collection. ..

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      Mitko 

      7 years ago

      My favorite quote from Einstein "I am thankful to all those who said NO to me, it's because of them I did it myself."

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      Awais 

      8 years ago

      einstein give us a lesson of life that which way turn your life to became successfull .amaizing quotes .

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      EJLevy 

      8 years ago

      "Be it what they seem to be things aren't always what they are."

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      Jay 

      8 years ago

      This is my favorite quote from Mr. Einstein "I am thankful to all those who said NO to me, it's because of them I did it myself." ^J^

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      htodd 

      8 years ago from United States

      He was really a great star..

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      mr peabody 

      9 years ago

      I read part two first, but either way it was a very enjoyable read thank you for the effort of putting this together

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      RAMAN BRAR 

      9 years ago

      Nice hub. i really enjoyed it. so thanks for sharing

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      Hemu 

      9 years ago

      I never know Sir Albert Einstein is so one liner.

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      Genna East 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I liked this hub; it gives us a bit of a window into Albert Einstein, the man, and his humor and insight. Thank you!

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      albert einstein quotes 

      9 years ago

      Einstein quotes are very helpful in real world life. thanks for sharing.

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      royalbert 

      9 years ago

      Nice hub. I really liked it reading

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