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Albert Einstein

  • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
  • Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
  • God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates them empirically.
  • Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
  • Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.
  • I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
  • 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.
  • Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
  • Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.
  • The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  • The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.
  • Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
  • The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. What I Believe, 1930
  • Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.

Abraham Lincoln

A word to teachers

  • He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just and are not true. But teach him if you can, the wonder of books.. but also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hillside.
  • In school, teach him it is far more honorable to fall than to cheat.....
  • Teach to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him he is wrong.
  • Teach him to be gentle with gentlepeople and tough with the tough.
  • Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone getting on the bandwagon...
  • Teach him to listen to all men; but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through.
  • Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad... Teach him there is no shame in tears.
  • Teach him to scoff at cynics and to be beware of too much sweetness.. Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to highest bidders, but never to put a price on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob.. and stand and fight if thinks he is right.
  • Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel. Let him have the courage to be impatient.. Let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will have faith in humankind.
  • This is a big order, but see what you can do. . He is such a fine little fellow my son!

Alan Turing

  • We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

Arndt von Haeseler (unofficially, collected from me)

  • Simple but perfect.
  • Don't read too much, think first.
  • Biologists donot read papers by texts but figures.

Augustus De Morgan

  • [When asked about his age.]. I was x years old in the year x^2.

Carl Friedrich Gauss

  • When a philosopher says something is true then it is trivial. When he says something is not trivial then it is false.

Dat H. Nguyen

  • If you can run, why you walk ?

Harold Morowitz

  • Computers are to biology what mathematics is to physics.

Isaac Newton

  • If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants. [Letter to Robert Hooke].
  • I will not define time, space, place and motion, as being well known to all. [Principia Mathematica].

Leonhard Euler

  • [upon losing his right eye's sight]. Now I will have less distraction.

Louis Pasteur

  • In the field of 'Theory', chance only favors those minds which have been prepared.
  • I enjoyed your seminar. Before I was confused, now I am still confused, but on a higher level.

Ralph Emerson

  • The key to every man is his thought.
  • Life is a series of surprises.
  • If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.
  • Self-trust is the first secret of success.
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

    What is success?

  • To laugh often and much
  • To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children.
  • To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends.
  • To find the best in others;
  • To give of one's self;
  • To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
  • To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
  • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - This is to have succeeded.

Richard Feynman

  • I think it is more interesting to live not knowing answers than to have answers that might be wrong, I have approximate answers, possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely certain of anything, and there's some things I know nothing about at all - like whether it means anything to ask, 'Why are we here?' I might think about it for a little while, but if I can't figure it out then I'll go on to something else. I'm not afraid of being lost in a mysterious universe with no purpose, which is the way it is, possibly. It doesn't frighten me.
  • What I cannot create, I do not understand.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
  • To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.
  • Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

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