Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Don't listen to their words, fix your attention on their deeds.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem in my opinion to characterize our age.
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives.
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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 fully suffice.
Theory is when we know everything but nothing works. Praxis is when everything works but we do not know why. We always end up by combining theory with praxis: nothing works and we do not know why.
Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies.
He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis.
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.
To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.