Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
My life is a simple thing that would interest no one. It is a known fact that I was born and that is all that is necessary.
Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of the globe, he doesn't realize that the track he has covered is curved. I was lucky enough to have spotted it.
I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe.
But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help in the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.
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. I get most joy in life out of music.
The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...
the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves - such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.
The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. ~ (What I Believe, Forum and Century, 1930)
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of others.
I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are details…
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Do not worry about your problems with mathematics; I assure you mine are far greater.