51 Famous Einstein Quotes About Love, Life, and Religion
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:
- Philosophy and Life in General
- Success and Motivation
- God, religion, and Atheism
I hope you find some inspiration and laughter in Einstein's words. I know I have!
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."
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."
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."
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."
- "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.”