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1 ALBERT EINSTEIN Quotes from Albert Einstein Link 01 10/23/2011
2 ISAAC NEWTON Quotes from Isaac Newton Link 02 10/23/2011
3 ABOUT THINKING Aphorisms on the culture of thinking Link 03 10/23/2011
4 PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE Words of wisdom about the various events of our lives Link 04 11/03/2011

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879 - 1955)

1. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

2. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

3. You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

4. One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.

5. He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.

6. A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

7. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

8. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

9. God is subtle but he is not malicious.

10. Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.

11. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

12. There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.

13. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

14. Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

15. God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

16. We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

17. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

18. Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.

19. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

20. 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.

21. The aim (of education) must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, can see in the service to the community their highest life achievement.

22. Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.

23. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

24. The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value, to which all other values are subordinate.

25. My pacificism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of people is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.

26. It is characteristic of the military mentality that nonhuman factors (atom bombs, strategic bases, weapons of all sorts, the possession of raw materials, etc) are held essential, while the human being, his desires, and thoughts - in short, the psychological factors - are considered as unimportant and secondary...The individual is "human materiel.

27. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

28. Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression.

29. Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust - we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

30. After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.

31. People do not grow old no matter how long we live. We never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.

32. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

33. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

34. The most precious things in life are note those one gets for money.

35. The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent or absorbing positive knowledge.

36. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.

37. I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.

38. Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.

39. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

40. In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.

41. I am thankful to all those who said NO to me, Its because of them I did it myself...

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On the personality of Albert Einstein you can find additional information in the "Essay on Einstein" on this website.

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ISAAC NEWTON (1643 - 1727)

1. Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.

2. If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.

3. I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses.

4. Christ comes as a thief in the night, and it is not for us to know the times and seasons which God hath put into his own breast.

5. To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.

6. It is the perfection of God's works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity. He is the God of order and not of confusion.

7. Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

8. I do not define time, space, place, and motion, as being well known to all.

9. We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.

10. Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.

11. To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.

12. What is there in places empty of matter? And whence is it that the sun and planets gravitate toward one another without dense matter between them? Whence is it that Nature doth nothing in vain?

13. The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations.

14. While the particles continue entire, they may compose bodies of one and the same nature and texture in all ages: but should they wear away or break in pieces, the nature of things depending on them would be changed.

15. Religion is partly fundamental and immutable partly circumstantial and mutable.

16. Godliness consists in the knowledge love and worship of God, Humanity in love, righteousness and good offices towards man.

17. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.

18. Idolatry is a more dangerous crime because it is apt by the authority of Kings and under very specious pretenses to insinuate it self into mankind.

19. The other part of the true religion is our duty to man.

20. We must be righteous and do to all men as we would they should do to us.

21. Righteousness is the religion of the kingdom of heaven and even the property of God himself towards man. Righteousness and Love are inseparable for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

22. I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

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On the personality of Isaac Newton you can find additional information in the "Essay on Newton" on this website.

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1. All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
(James Allen)

2. Change your thoughts, and you change your world.
(Norman Vincent Peale)

3. Life consists in what a person is thinking of all day.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

4. Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.
(Anthony Robbins)

5. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
(Benjamin Disraeli)

6. Our thoughts create our reality -- where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.
(Peter McWilliams)

7. Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.
(Henry David Thoreau)

8. We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.

9. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

10. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.

11. What is the hardest thing in the world? To think.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

12. What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.

P.S. I collected aphorisms in English-speaking Internet.

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1. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
(Napoleon Hill)

2. Three sentences for getting success:
- know more than others
- work more than others
- expect less than others
(William Shakesphere)

3. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
(Alen Strike)

4. If we cannot love the person whom we see, how can we love god, whom we cannot see?
(Mother Teresa)

5. Winning doesn’t always mean being first, winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.
(Bonnie Blair)

6. I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure.
(Thomas Edison)

7. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself…
(Leo Tolstoy)

8. Believing everybody is dangerous; believing nobody is very dangerous…
(Abraham Lincoln)

9. If you start judging people you will be having no time to love them…
(Mother Teresa)

10. There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
(William Frederick Halsy, Jr.)

11. A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.
(Elmer G. Letterman)

12. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
(Bill Cosby)

13. I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
(George S. Patton)

14. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
(Ann Landers)

15. Never explain yourself. Your friends dont need it and your enemies won’t believe it.
(Belgicia Howell)

16. Never tell your problems to anyone... 20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.
(Lou Holtz)

17. In a day when you dont come accross any problems, you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.
(Swami Vivekananda)

18. It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.
(John Keats)

19. Coin always makes sound but the currency notes are always silent. So when your value increases keep yourself calm and silent.
(William Shakesphere)

20. When you are in the light, everything follows you. But when you enter into the dark, even you own shadow doesn't follow you.
(Adolf Hitler)

21. Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely loose the person for life time.
(William Shakesphere)

22. Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you miss them.
(William Arthur)

23. In the time of crisis I was not hurt by the harsh words of my enemies, but by the silence of my friends.
(William Shakesphere)

24. Laughing faces do not mean that there is absence of sorrow! But it means that they have the ability to deal with it.
(William Shakesphere)

25. I wrote on the door of heart: "Please do not enter it". Love came smiling and said: "Sorry, I am an illiterate".
(Michael Paul)

26. The world suffers a lot... Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people!

27. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
(Gilbert Chesterton)

28. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
(Mark Twain)

29. By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

30. Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
(Author Unknown)

31. When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
(Otto fon Bismark)

32. Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
(Otto fon Bismark)

33. God helps three kinds of people: fools, children, and drunkards.
(Otto fon Bismark)

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