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The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. (en) This is similar to a quote attributed to Mark Twain: "I never let my schooling get in the way of my education". The earliest published source located attributing the quote to Einstein is the 1999 book Career Management for the Creative Person by Lee T. Silber, p. 130, while the earliest published source located for the Mark Twain quote is the 1996 book Children at Risk by C. Niall McElwee, p. 45. Both quotes appeared on the internet before that: the earliest post located that attributes the quote to Einstein is this one from 11 February 1994, while the earliest located that attributes the variant to Mark Twain is this one from 28 March 1988 (en) http://groups.google.com/group/rec.travel.air/msg/b1feb7ca5019ab2e
Niente aumenterà le possibilità di sopravvivenza della vita sulla Terra quanto l'evoluzione verso un'alimentazione vegetariana. (it) Nel libro Verso la scelta vegetariana, Veronesi scrive che Einstein «si riporta abbia dichiarato» questa frase. Secondo la IVU (International Vegetarian Union), la frase inglese «Nothing will increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet» risulta «completamente non verificata» e «sembra una cattiva traduzione dal tedesco» della frase di Einstein correttamente tradotta in inglese come «a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind» (da una lettera del 27 dicembre 1930 a Hermann Huth, editore della rivista Vegetarische Warte, che avrebbe pubblicato la frase originale; fonte a volte erroneamente indicata come Vegetarian Watch-Tower). cfr. la citazione corretta di Einstein. (it) http://www.ivu.org/history/northam20a/einstein.html
Se l'ape scomparisse dalla faccia della terra, all'uomo non resterebbero che quattro anni di vita. (it) Non esiste una fonte originale per questa citazione attribuita a Einstein, essa non viene menzionata in nessun documento prima del 1994. In quell'anno, la frase venne citata per la prima volta su un volantino distribuito a Bruxelles dall'Unione Nazionale Apicoltori francesi, in rivolta a causa della concorrenza del miele d'importazione. È quindi probabile che sia stata creata ad hoc per avvalorare la protesta. (it) http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/einstein-bees
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is. (en) As quoted in Journal of France and Germany (1942–1944) by Gilbert Fowler White, in excerpt published in Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White (2006) by Robert E. Hinshaw, p. 62. From the context it seems that White did not specify whether he had heard Einstein himself say this or whether he was repeating a quote that had been passed along by someone else, so without a primary source the validity of this quote should be considered questionable. Some have argued that elsewhere Einstein defined a "miracle" as a type of event he did not believe was possible—Einstein on Religion by Max Jammer (1999) quotes on p. 89 from a 1931 conversation Einstein had with David Reichinstein, where Reichinstein brought up philosopher Arthur Liebert's argument that the indeterminism of quantum mechanics might allow for the possibility of miracles, and Einstein replied that Liebert's argument dealt "with a domain in which lawful rationality does not exist. A 'miracle,' however, is an exception from lawfulness; hence, there where lawfulness does not exist, also its exception, i.e., a miracle, cannot exist." ("Dort, wo eine Gesetzmässigkeit nicht vorhanden ist, kann auch ihre Ausnahme, d.h. ein Wunder, nicht existieren." D. Reichenstein, Die Religion der Gebildeten (1941), p. 21). However, it is clear from the context that Einstein was stating only that miracles cannot exist in a domain (quantum mechanics) where lawful rationality does not exist. He did not claim that miracles could never exist in any domain. Indeed, Einstein clearly believed, as seen in many quotations above, that the universe was comprehensible and rational, but he also described this characteristic of the universe as a "miracle". In another example, he is quoted as claiming belief in a God, "Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=_2qfZRp9SeEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA62#v=onepage&q&f=false
Nuclear power is a hell of a way to boil water. (en) Commonly quoted on the internet, this quote is actually from Karl Grossman, via his 1980 book Cover Up: What You are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power (p. 155; freely available online via its publisher; see PDF page 187). (en) http://www.thepermanentpress.com/p-354-cover-up.aspx
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (en) Actually written by E. F. Schumacher in a 1973 essay titled "Small is Beautiful" which appeared in The Radical Humanist: volume 37, p. 22. Earliest published source found on Google Books attributing this to Einstein is BMJ: The British Medical Journal, volume 319, 23 October 1999, p. 1102. It was attributed to Einstein on the internet somewhat before that, for example in this 1997 post. (en) http://groups.google.com/group/alt.weemba/msg/2bbf56ab8f4f757d?hl=en
Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he learned in school. (en) The saying is found in an 1891 article by Swedish writer Ellen Key, "Själamorden i skolorna", which was published in the journal "Verdandi", no. 2, pages 86-98 (the saying is on p. 97). The same article was republished later as a chapter in her 1900 book "Barnets Århundrade". Here is the quote in Swedish (p. 160): Men bildning är lyckligtvis icke blott kunskap om fakta, utan enligt en ypperlig paradox: »det, som är kvar, sedan vi glömt allt, vad vi lärt». Here it is from the 1909 English translation of the book (p. 231): "But education happily is not simply the knowledge of facts, it is, as an admirable paradox has put it, what is left over after we have forgotten all we have learnt." From the way Ellen Key puts it, she doesn't take credit for the saying, but rather refers to it as an already known "paradox" that she explicitly puts between quotation marks. (en) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Key
Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. (en) This Snopes article concluded that its status was uncertain, while this post from The Quote Investigator concludes it is most likely a false attribution, since variants of the quote date back to at least 1916, with the early variants not being attributed to Einstein. (en) http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/interest.asp
Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence a lot of mankind. (en) From a letter to Hermann Huth, Vice-President of the German Vegetarian Federation, 27 December 1930. Supposedly published in German magazine Vegetarische Warte, which existed from 1882 to 1935. Einstein Archive 46-756. Quoted in The Ultimate Quotable Einstein by Alice Calaprice (2011), p. 453. (en) file://books.google.it/books?id=G_iziBAPXtEC&pg=PA453
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. (en) Stein's book is the earliest published source located with that precise version of the quote, but the quote can be found in earlier Usenet posts such as this one from 1995, and other published variants of the quote using the words "sacred gift" can be found earlier. A Google Books search with the date range restricted to 1900-1990 shows only a handful in the 1980s and 1970s, and several of them attribute it to The Metaphoric Mind by Bob Samples (1976), which also seems to be the earliest published variant. Samples does not provide an exact quote, but writes on p. 26: "Albert Einstein called the intuitive or metaphoric mind a sacred gift. He added that the rational mind was a faithful servant. It is paradoxical that in the context of modern life we have begun to worship the servant and defile the divine." It seems as if the last sentence about worshipping the servant is just Samples' own comment (though in later variants it became part of the supposed quote), while the earlier sentences only paraphrase something that Samples claims Einstein to have said. Einstein had many quotes about the value of intuition and imagination, but the specific word "gift" can be found in a comment remembered by János Plesch in the section Attributed in posthumous publications, "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." So, Bob Samples might have been paraphrasing that comment. Likewise Einstein had a number of quotes about the intellect being secondary to intuition, but the language of the intellect "serving" can be found in a quote from the Out of My Later Years (1950) section, "And certainly we should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve; and it is not fastidious in its choice of a leader. (en) http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.ascii/msg/d9f6ec3887950a0d?hl=en
It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service. (en) No known source; it appears to be a paraphrase of the last sentence of Einstein's "An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man". Earliest known attribution is in the Washingon Afro-American, AFRO Magazine Section, Sept 21, 1954, p. 2 (en) http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=I8slAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6_QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4494,1273325
Two vördz: ze smart meterz (hu) Quote from a deepfaked video of Albert Einstein in a British advert for electricity meters (en) https://www.smartenergygb.org/
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem—in my opinion—to characterize our age. (en) The Common Language of Science", a broadcast for Science, Conference, London, 28 September 1941. Published in Advancement of Science, London, Vol. 2, No. 5. Reprinted in Ideas and Opinions (1954), the quote appearing on this page. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=OeUoXHoAJMsC&lpg=PP1&pg=PT357#v=onepage&q&f=false
Common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen. (en) The Ultimate Quotable Einstein by Alice Calaprice lists this as "probably not by Einstein". However, this post from quoteinvestigator.com traces it to a reasonably plausible source: the second part of a three-part series by Lincoln Barrett (former editor of 'Life' magazine) titled "The Universe and Dr. Einstein" in Harper's Magazine, from May 1948, in which Barrett wrote "But as Einstein has pointed out, common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen." Since he didn't put the statement in quotes it could be a paraphrase, and "as Einstein has pointed out" makes it unclear whether Einstein said this personally to Barrett or Barrett was recalling a quote of Einstein's he'd seen elsewhere. In any case, the interview was republished in a book of the same title, and Einstein wrote a foreword which praised Barrett's work on the book, so it's likely he read the quote about common sense and at least had no objection to it, whether or not he recalled making the specific comment. (en) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/29/common-sense/
Il diritto internazionale esiste soltanto nei manuali di diritto internazionale. (it) La citazione, spesso attribuita ad Einstein, venne pronunciata in realtà da Ashley Montagu mentre intervistava lo scienziato. (it) https://books.google.it/books?id=x1BYMA-8oq8C&pg=PA346
We cannot solve the problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them (en) Einstein's famous saying in Copenhagen", as quoted in a FBIS Daily Report: East Europe (4 April 1995), p. 45 (en) https://books.google.de/books?id=DfQTAQAAMAAJ&q=%22We+cannot+solve%22
Shopping wìz ze hwoman! (nl) Imaginary quote from a deepfaked photograph of Albert Einstein in a British advert for electricity meters (en) https://www.smartenergygb.org/
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot. (en) A variation on a quotation of Alexander Pope, attributed to Einstein in various recent sources, such as Marvin Minsky's The Emotion Machine (2006), p. 176, and at the start of the 2006 pilot episode of the television series Eureka. The oldest published source located attributing this to Einstein is the 2004 book Strategic Investment: Real Options and Games by Han T. J. Smit and Lenos Trigeorgis, p. 429, and before that it was attributed to him on the internet, the earliest example found being this post from 19 May 1995. But long before that, the same quote appears in an advertisement for Encyclopaedia Britannica that ran in The Atlantic Monthly: Volume 216 from 1965, p. 139. The ad mentioned Einstein but did not directly attribute the quote to him: "Encyclopaedia Britannica says: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot. The more you know, the more you need to know — as Albert Einstein, for one, might have told you. Great knowledge has a way of bringing with it great responsibility. The people who put the Encyclopaedia Britannica together feel the same way. After all, if most of the world had come to count on you as the best single source of complete, accurate, up-to-date information on everything, you'd want to be pretty sure you knew what you were talking about. (en) http://groups.google.com/group/bit.listserv.physhare/msg/ef186aec3bf66ba6
The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes. (en) Attributed by his friend Leo Mattersdorf, who also said that "From the time Professor Einstein came to this country until his death, I prepared his income tax returns and advised him on his tax problems." In a letter to Time magazine, 22 February 1963. See this post from The Quote Investigator for more background. (en) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/03/07/einstein-income-taxes/#more-2031
If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination ... no more men! (en) A variant — "Professor Einstein, the learned scientist, once calculated that if all bees disappeared off the earth, four years later all humans would also have disappeared" — appears in The Irish Beekeeper, v.19-20, 1965-66, p74, citing Abeilles et Fleurs (Bees and Flowers, the house magazine of Union Nationale de l'Apiculture Française) for June 1965. Snopes.com mentions its use in a beekeepers' protest in 1994 in Europe suggesting invention and attribution to Einstein for political reasons. (en) http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/bees.asp
International law exists only in textbooks on international law. (en) The anthropologist Ashley Montagu said it in an interview with Einstein. (Source: .) (en) http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/montagu-ashley_conversations-with-albert-einstein-1985.html
Educação é aquilo que fica depois que se esquece tudo que se aprendeu na escola. (pt) Proceedings of the ... Annual Convocation - Edições 65-74 - Página 47, University of the State of New York - 1930 (pt) https://books.google.com.br/books?id=xsygAAAAMAAJ
Two things inspire me to awe: the starry heavens and the moral universe within. (en) If Einstein said this, he was almost certainly quoting philosopher Immanuel Kant's words from the conclusion to the Critique of Practical Reason (1788), translated in Paul Guyer's The Cambridge Companion to Kant (p. 1) as: "Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=pYE5rVzrPNgC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false
Follia è fare sempre la stessa cosa ed aspettarsi risultati diversi. (it) La citazione viene spesso attribuita erroneamente ad Einstein e talvolta anche a Benjamin Franklin e Mark Twain. In realtà essa proviene da un documento del 1981 (p. 11) dei Narcotici Anonimi. Molte fonti attribuiscono la citazione a Rita Mae Brown, ma ella cita solamente la frase nel suo libro Sudden Death (Bantam Books, New York, 1983, p. 68). (it) https://books.google.it/books?id=G_iziBAPXtEC&pg=PA474
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. (en) Although it is a popular quote on the internet, there is no substantial evidence that Einstein actually said that. It does not appear in "The Ultimate Quotable Einstein" from Princeton University Press nor in any reliable source. "Quote Investigator" concluded that it probably emerged as a on the internet as late as 2012. (en) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/03/19/tech-surpass/
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. (en) The earliest published attribution of this quote to Einstein found on Google Books is the 1991 book The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis by Raj Jain (p. 507), but no source to Einstein's original writings is given and the quote itself is older; for example New Guard: Volume 5, Issue 3 from 1961 says on p. 312 "Someone once said that if the facts do not fit the theory, then the facts must be changed", while Product engineering: Volume 29, Issues 9-12 from 1958 gives the slight variant on p. 9 "There is an age-old adage, 'If the facts don't fit the theory, change the theory.' But too often it's easier to keep the theory and change the facts." These quotes are themselves probably variants of an even earlier saying which used the phrasing "so much the worse for the facts", many examples of which can be seen in this search; for example, the 1851 American Whig Review, Volumes 13-14 says on p. 488 "However, Mr. Newhall may possibly have been of that casuist's opinion, who, when told that the facts of the matter did not bear out his hypothesis, said 'So much the worse for the facts.'" The German idealist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte circa 1800 did say "If theory conflicts with the facts, so much the worse for the facts." The Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukacs in his "Tactics and Ethics" (1923) echoed the same quotation. (en) http://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=facts+fit+%22so+much+the+worse+for+the+facts%22&tbs=,cdr:1,cd_max:Dec%2031_2%201950&num=10
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. (en) Earliest attribution located is The Yogi and the Commissar by Arthur Koestler (1945), p. v. Koestler prefaces it with "My comfort is what Einstein said when somebody reproached him with the suggestion that his formula of gravitation was longer and more cumbersome than Newton's formula in its elegant simplicity". This is actually a variant of a quote Einstein attributed to Ludwig Boltzmann; in the Preface to his Relativity—The Special and General Theory (1916), Einstein wrote: "I adhered scrupulously to the precept of that brilliant theoretical physicist L. Boltzmann, according to whom matters of elegance ought to be left to the tailor and to the cobbler." (reprinted in the 2007 book A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein edited by Stephen Hawking, p. 128) (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=tys4AAAAIAAJ&q=%22you+are+out+to+describe+the+truth%22#search_anchor
Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. (en) This statement has been attributed to others before Einstein; its first attribution to Einstein appears to have been in an email story that began circulating in 2004. See the Urban Legends Reference Pages for more discussion. (en) http://www.snopes.com/religion/einstein.asp
Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination. (en) The earliest published source located on Google Books attributing this to Einstein is the 2000 book The Internet Handbook for Writers, Researchers, and Journalists by Mary McGuire, p. 14. It was attributed to him on the internet before that, as in this post from 1997. Variants of the quote can be found well before this however, as in the 1989 book Urban Surface Water Management by S. G. Walesh, which on p. 315 contains the statement (said to have been 'stated anonymously'): "The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a challenge and opportunity beyond imagination." Even earlier, the article "A Paper Industry Application of Systems Engineering and Direct Digital Control" by H. D. Couture, Jr. and M. A. Keyes, which appears in the 1969 Advances in Instrumentation: Vol. 24, Part 4, has a statement on this page which uses phrasing similar to the supposed Einstein quote in describing computers and people: "Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. On the other hand, a well trained operator as compared with a computer is incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant." Variants with slightly different wording can be found earlier than 1969, as in this April 1968 article. The earliest source located, and most likely the origin of this saying, is an article titled "Problems, Too, Have Problems" by John Pfeiffer, which appeared in the October 1961 issue of Fortune magazine. As quoted here, Pfeiffer's article contained the line "Man is a slow, sloppy, and brilliant thinker; computers are fast, accurate, and stupid. (en) http://journals.lww.com/joem/Citation/1968/04000/Fast,_Accurate_and_Stupid.10.aspx
Temo il giorno in cui la tecnologia andrà oltre la nostra umanità: il mondo sarà popolato allora da una generazione di idioti. (it) La frase sul web viene spesso citata e attribuita ad Einstein sia in lingua italiana che in lingua inglese (nelle due versioni riportate), soprattutto in relazione al crescente utilizzo dei cellulari e degli smartphone e al loro impatto sulle relazioni sociali. In realtà la frase non appare in nessuno scritto di Einstein, né tanto meno nella raccolta The Ultimate Quotable Einstein (Pensieri di un uomo curioso). Inoltre non vi è alcuna evidenza che Einstein abbia mai fatto una dichiarazione del genere. La frase è stata probabilmente creata ad hoc e risale probabilmente al 2012. (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/03/19/tech-surpass/
Non tutto quel che conta può essere contato e non tutto quello che può essere contato conta. (it) La citazione, spesso attribuita ad Einstein, appare per la prima volta nel testo di William Bruce Cameron del 1963, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking. Anche se probabilmente una delle due parti della citazione esisteva già in qualche forma differente, Cameron è stato il primo a mettere insieme le due frasi e sembra aver coniato almeno una delle due. Il primo riferimento ad Einstein risale invece al 1986, più di trent'anni dopo la morte dello scienziato, nel libro di business, Peak Performance. In tale libro si affermava che Einstein avesse scritto tale citazione sulla lavagna del suo ufficio all'Institute for Advanced Studies di Princeton. Nello stesso libro, del resto, la citazione veniva attribuita a George Pickering. (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/26/everything-counts-einstein/
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves (en) It does not seem to have been attributed to Einstein until the 1990s (e.g. here). (en) https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=alt.freemasonry/YILn0A-U_WM/f1Grm2akU-4J
In December, 1947, he made the following statement: "I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my life. (en) Attributed in FBI Memo, February 13, 1950 (item 61-4099-25 in Einstein's FBI file—viewable online as p. 72 of "Albert Einstein Part 1 of 14" here, as well as p. 72 of the pdf file which can be downloaded here). There is no other information in the FBI's released files as to what source attributed this statement to Einstein, and the files are full of falsehoods, including the accusation that Einstein was secretly pro-communist. (en) http://vault.fbi.gov/Albert%20Einstein/Albert%20Einstein%20Part%201%20of%2014/at_download/file
The really valuable thing is intuition. (en) Although similar to many of Einstein's comments about the importance of intuition and imagination, no sources for this can be found prior to The Psychology of Consciousness by Robert Evan Ornstein (1973), p. 68, where there is no mention of where the quote was originally made. A number of early sources from the 1980s and 1990s attribute it to The Intuitive Edge by Philip Goldberg (1983), which also provides no original source. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=0Yh9AAAAMAAJ&q=%22really+valuable+thing+is+intuition%22#search_anchor
Solo due cose sono infinite, l'universo e la stupidità umana, e non sono sicuro della prima. (it) Lo psicoterapeuta Fritz Perls nel libro Ego, Hunger, and Aggression: a Revision of Freud's Theory and Method (1947) attribuì la prima versione della citazione in lingua inglese ad un "grande astronomo" non meglio precisato, scrivendo poi nella frase successiva del paragrafo «Einstein ha dimostrato che l'universo è limitato» («Einstein has proved that the universe is limited»). Nel libro Gestalt Therapy Verbatim (1969) lo stesso Perls attribuì una versione più breve della frase (la seconda riportata) ad Einstein: lo scienziato l'avrebbe pronunciata nel corso di una conversazione con lo stesso Perls. Infine nel libro In and Out the Garbage Pail (1969), Perls attribuì ad Einstein la terza versione della citazione (quella più spesso citata anche in lingua italiana). (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/04/universe-einstein/#more-173
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. (en) The source generally (but falsely) cited is Einstein's (book) The World As I See It (1949). The quotation is probably a translation of "Der Zufall ist das Pseudonym, das der liebe Gott wählt, wenn er inkognito bleiben will" (attributed to Albert Schweitzer). (en) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_as_I_See_It_
Existem apenas duas maneiras de viver a vida. Uma é tal que nada é um milagre. Na outra, tudo o é. (pt) A frase é citada por Gilbert Fowler White em um artigo ao Journal of France and Germany (1942-44), em cujo excerto publicado no livro Living with Nature's Extremes: The Life of Gilbert Fowler White (2006) de Robert E. Hinshaw, pág. 62 não se deixa claro se Einstein de fato dizia aquilo na conversa como algo pessoal ou se estava repetindo uma frase. Na ausência de uma fonte primária, a citação é por cautela não atribuída ao físico. A afirmação de que ele "acredita nesta última" não possui fontes e não consta nos registros desta citação. Ademais, Albert Einstein não acreditava em milagres, como explica em uma conversa com David Reichinstein publicada no livro Einstein on Religion (1999) pág. 89, Max Jammer; 1931. (pt) http://books.google.com/books?id=_2qfZRp9SeEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA62#v=onepage&q&f=false
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies (en) Attributed to Einstein in Treasury of the Christian Faith (1949) p. 415 books.google, and subsequently repeated in other books. No original source where Einstein supposedly said this has been located, and it is absent from authoritative sources such as Calaprice, The Ultimate Quotable Einstein. (en) https://books.google.com/books?id=Ll4wAAAAYAAJ&q=einstein
Fairy tales and more fairy tales. (en) Variant: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Found in Super joy English, Volume 8 by 佳音事業機構 (2006), p. 87 (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=-HUBKzP8zsUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA87#v=onepage&q&f=false
Quando la rivoluzione scoppiò in Germania, come amante della libertà, mi aspettavo che le università la difendessero, dato che avevano sempre vantato il loro attaccamento alla causa della verità. Ma no, le università vennero subito ridotte al silenzio. Poi rivolsi le mie attese ai grandi direttori dei giornali, che in passato avevano proclamato nei loro ardenti editoriali l'amore per la libertà. Ma anch'essi, come le università, nel giro di poche settimane furono ridotti al silenzio. Infine guardai agli scrittori che, come guide intellettuali della Germania, spesso avevano scritto del ruolo della libertà nella vita moderna e constatai che essi pure tacevano. Soltanto la Chiesa si oppose decisamente alla campagna di Hitler per sopprimere la verità. Non mi ero mai interessato alla Chiesa prima di allora, ma adesso provo ammirazione e stima per la Chiesa, poiché sola ebbe il coraggio e la perseveranza di difendere la verità intellettuale e la libertà morale. Sono costretto ad ammettere che quel che una volta disprezzavo ora ammiro incondizionatamente. (it) Questa dichiarazione venne riportata nell'articolo Religion: German Martyrs, pubblicato sul Time Magazine del 23 dicembre 1940. La citazione ebbe una grande diffusione e più scrittori la interpretarono in modo diverso. In una lettera dello scienziato del 1943 indirizzata a un ministro presbiteriano, che aveva chiesto una conferma in merito alle parole riportate da Time Magazine, Einstein confermò di aver dichiarato approssimativamente qualcosa del genere, ma precisò che le dichiarazioni risalivano ai primi anni del regime nazista (ben prima del 1940) e erano state più «moderate» rispetto a quelle riportate successivamente dal Time Magazine («It is true that I made a statement which corresponds approximately with the text you quoted. I made this statement during the first years of the Nazi-Regime — much earlier than 1940 — and my expressions were a little more moderate.»). (it) http://www.drjudithreisman.com/archives/2010/11/religion_german.html
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. (en) From William Bruce Cameron's Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963), p. 13. The comment is part of a longer paragraph and does not appear in quotations in Cameron's book, and other sources such as The Student's Companion to Sociology (p. 92) attribute the quote to Cameron. A number of recent books claim that Einstein had a sign with these words in his office in Princeton, but until a reliable historical source can be found to support this, skepticism is warranted. The earliest source on Google Books that mentions the quote in association with Einstein and Princeton is Charles A. Garfield's 1986 book Peak Performers: The New Heroes of American Business, in which he wrote on p. 156: (en) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=p&tbs=bks:1&q=%22not+everything+that+can+be+counted%22+einstein+princeton&start=0&sa=N
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. (en) In the 1985 book Einstein in America, Jamie Sayen wrote "Einstein devised the following explanation for her to give when asked to explain relativity: An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour." (p. 130) (en) http://books.google.com/books?ei=yma3TsDWK8WciQL63smAAQ&ct=book-thumbnail&id=vs3aAAAAMAAJ&dq=sayen+%22einstein+in+america%22&q=pretty+girl#search_anchor
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. (en) Only two sources from before 1970 can be found on Google Books. The first is The Theosophist: Volume 86 which seems to cover the years 1964 and 1965. The quote appears attributed to Einstein on p. 255, with the wording given as "The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description." An identical quote appears on p. 284 of The Maha Bodhi: Volume 72 published by the Maha Bodhi Society of India, which seems to contain issues from throughout 1964. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=YpsfAQAAIAAJ&q=%22volume+72%22#search_anchor
Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. (en) The phrase "information is not knowledge" is also found from the nineteenth century. (en) https://books.google.com/books?id=W2oAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA59&dq=%22information+is+not+knowledge%22
The most important decision we can make is whether this is a friendly or hostile universe. From that one decision all others spring. (en) A variant is found in Irving Oyle's The New American Medicine Show (1979) on p. 163, where Oyle writes: 'There is a story about Albert Einstein's view of human existence. Asked to pose the most vital question facing humanity, he replied, "Is the universe friendly?"' This variant is repeated in a number of books from the 1980s and 90s, so it probably pre-dates the "friendly or hostile" version. And the idea that the most important question we can ask is "Is the universe friendly?" dates back much earlier than the attribution to Einstein, for example in Emil Carl Wilm's 1912 book The Problem of Religion he includes the following footnote on p. 114: 'A friend proposed to the late F. W. H. Myers the following question: "What is the thing which above all others you would like to know? If you could ask the Sphinx one question, and only one, what would the question be?" After a moment's silence Myers replied: "I think it would be this: Is the universe friendly?"' (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=nWYiAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA114#v=onepage&q&f=false
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? (en) Attributed to Dr. Laurence J. Peter. Earliest source is "Peter's Quotations," page 333. (en) https://openlibrary.org/books/OL7725710M/Peter's_Quotations
Si un hombre se sienta una hora con una chica bonita, el tiempo le parece como un minuto. Pero si está sentado sobre una estufa caliente, entonces le parece que un minuto dura más que cualquier hora. Esto es la relatividad». y . (es) En Einstein in America. (es) http://books.google.com/books?ei=yma3TsDWK8WciQL63smAAQ&ct=book-thumbnail&id=vs3aAAAAMAAJ&dq=sayen+%22einstein+in+america%22&q=pretty+girl#search_anchor
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. (en) As Quote Investigator explains, allegories about animals doing impossible things have been incredibly popular in the past century. But no, this one isn't from Einstein. (Source: .) (en) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/04/06/fish-climb/
Le coincidenze sono il modo di Dio per rendersi anonimo. (it) Le prime attribuzioni note di questa citazione ad Albert Einstein risalgono al 2000, molti anni dopo la sua morte, e non vi è alcuna evidenza che la citazione sia stata ideata da lui. (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/04/20/coincidence/
Qualsiasi uomo che guida in maniera sicura mentre bacia una bella ragazza è un uomo che non sta dando al bacio l'attenzione che merita. (it) La citazione venne attribuita per la prima volta ad Einstein nel 2002 nel libro More Sex Talk, quasi cinquant'anni dopo la morte dello scienziato, si può quindi affermare con ragionevole certezza che tale attribuzione è erronea. La citazione era apparsa per la prima volta nel 1923 in un articolo di un giornale statunitense. (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/12/31/kiss/
L'istruzione è ciò che rimane dopo che si è dimenticato tutto ciò che si era imparato a scuola. (it) Sebbene la citazione venga talvolta attribuita allo scienziato, Einstein nel suo saggio Sull'istruzione riporta la citazione attribuendola apertamente ad un anonimo, una persona «arguta» non meglio precisata. (it) https://books.google.it/books?id=G_iziBAPXtEC&pg=PA473
If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution. (en) There is no indication that Einstein said this. According to Quote Investigator, the earliest publication of a quote similar was in a collection of articles about manufacturing in 1966, when an employee of the Stainless Processing Company wrote a piece titled "The Manufacturing Manager's Skills." The article attributed the quote to an unnamed professor at Yale, by saying, "If I had only one hour to solve a problem, I would spend up to two-thirds of that hour in attempting to define what the problem is." (See, 1966, The Manufacturing Man and His Job by Robert E. Finley and Henry R. Ziobro, "The Manufacturing Manager's Skills" by William H. Markle (Vice President, Stainless Processing Company, Chicago, Illinois), Start Page 15, Quote Page 18, Published by American Management Association, Inc., New York. Verified on paper). https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/05/22/solve/ (en) https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/05/22/solve/
Quando un uomo siede due ore in compagnia di una bella ragazza, sembra sia passato un minuto. Ma fatelo sedere su una stufa per un minuto e gli sembrerà che siano passate due ore. Questa è la relatività. (it) L'aneddoto venne pubblicato per la prima volta sul New York Times nel marzo del 1929: Einstein in quell'occasione avrebbe detto alla sua segretaria di rispondere così agli intervistatori ansiosi di sapere cosa fosse la relatività. Da allora l'aneddoto è stato riproposto in diverse varianti. Tuttavia la fonte è indiretta, e data e occasione non sono note. (it) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/11/24/hot-stove/
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means. (en) The original: "Example is not the main thing. It is the only thing. That is, if the one giving the example is not saying to himself, 'Behold I am giving an example." That spoils it. Anyone thinking of the example he will give to others has lost his simplicity. Only as a man has simplicity can his example influence others" is a quote by Albert Schweitzer, from a 1952 interview in United Nations World magazine. Not attributed to Einstein until the 1990s. (en) https://books.google.com/books?id=qTAoAAAAMAAJ&q=%22example+is+not+the+main+thing%22&dq=%22example+is+not+the+main+thing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz7f_2v6vMAhUJxmMKHeEAB-QQ6AEIHDAA
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. (en) Variant, earliest known published version is How to Think Like Einstein by Scott Thorpe (2000), p. 61. Appeared on the internet before that, as in this archived page from 12 October 1999 (en) http://web.archive.org/web/19991012152820/http://stripe.colorado.edu/~judy/einstein/advice.html
Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. Then I looked to individual writers who, as literary guides of Germany, had written much and often concerning the place of freedom in modern life; but they, too, were mute. Only the church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly. (en) Einstein also made some scathingly negative comments about the behavior of the Church under the Nazi regime (and its behavior towards Jews throughout history) in a 1943 conversation with William Hermanns recorded in Hermanns' book Einstein and the Poet (1983). On p. 63 Hermanns records him saying "Never in history has violence been so widespread as in Nazi Germany. The concentration camps make the actions of Ghengis Khan look like child's play. But what makes me shudder is that the Church is silent. One doesn't need to be a prophet to say, 'The Catholic Church will pay for this silence.' Dr. Hermanns, you will live to see that there is moral law in the universe. . . .There are cosmic laws, Dr. Hermanns. They cannot be bribed by prayers or incense. What an insult to the principles of creation. But remember, that for God a thousand years is a day. This power maneuver of the Church, these Concordats through the centuries with worldly powers . . . the Church has to pay for it. We live now in a scientific age and in a psychological age. You are a sociologist, aren't you? You know what the Herdenmenschen (men of herd mentality) can do when they are organized and have a leader, especially if he is a spokesmen for the Church. I do not say that the unspeakable crimes of the Church for 2000 years had always the blessings of the Vatican, but it vaccinated its believers with the idea: We have the true God, and the Jews have crucified Him. The Church sowed hate instead of love, though the Ten Commandments state: Thou shalt not kill." And then on p. 64: "I'm not a Communist but I can well understand why they destroyed the Church in Russia. All the wrongs come home, as the proverb says. The Church will pay for its dealings with Hitler, and Germany, too." And on p. 65: "I don't like to implant in youth the Church's doctrine of a personal God, because that Church has behaved so inhumanely in the past 2000 years. The fear of punishment makes the people march. Consider the hate the Church manifested against the Jews and then against the Muslims, the Crusades with their crimes, the burning stakes of the Inquisition, the tacit consent of Hitler's actions while the Jews and the Poles dug their own graves and were slaughtered. And Hitler is said to have been an altar boy! The truly religious man has no fear of life and no fear of death—and certainly no blind faith; his faith must be in his conscience. . . . I am therefore against all organized religion. Too often in history, men have followed the cry of battle rather than the cry of truth." When Hermanns asked him "Isn't it only human to move along the line of least resistance?", Einstein responded "Yes. It is indeed human, as proved by Cardinal Pacelli, who was behind the Concordat with Hitler. Since when can one make a pact with Christ and Satan at the same time? And he is now the Pope! The moment I hear the word 'religion', my hair stands on end. The Church has always sold itself to those in power, and agreed to any bargain in return for immunity. It would have been fine if the spirit of religion had guided the Church; instead, the Church determined the spirit of religion. Churchmen through the ages have fought political and institutional corruption very little, so long as their own sanctity and church property were preserved. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=QXCyjj6T5ZUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA65#v=onepage&q&f=false
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. (en) An abbreviated version of a quote by California politician Dianne Feinstein, from an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine in October 1985, on the topic of women running for public office. The original was: "... I really do have staying power. That's important for women who run for office. When you get in there and push for a lot of new things all at once and don't get them, you don't just leave. You have to commit, be a team player, learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play it better than anyone else. (en) https://books.google.com/books?id=zmxNAQAAIAAJ&dq=You+have+to+learn+the+rules+of+the+game+and+then+you+have+to+play+better+than+anyone+else&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22rules+of+the+game%22
Two things are infinite: the universe and the human stupidity. (en) Variant: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Earliest version located is in Technocracy digest: Issues 287–314 from 1988, p. 76. Translated to German as: "Zwei Dinge sind unendlich: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit. Aber beim Universum bin ich mir nicht ganz sicher." (Earliest version located - "Zwei Dinge sind unendlich, das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit . . . Und beim Universum bin ich mir noch keineswegs sicher" - in Hans Askenasy: Sind wir alle Nazis? Zum Potential der Unmenschlichkeit, Campus Verlag Frankfurt/Main 1979, p. 153 books.google.) (en) https://books.google.de/books?id=eIowAQAAIAAJ&q=%22albert%20einstein%22
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. (en) Earliest source located that attributes this to Einstein is the 1975 book The Nature of Scientific Discovery: A Symposium Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Nicolaus Copernicus edited by Owen Gingerich, p. 585. But long before that, the 1944 book Einstein: An Intimate Study of a Great Man by Dimitri Marianoff and Palma Wayne contains the following quote on p. 62: "But Einstein came along and took space and time out of the realm of stationary things and put them in the realm of relativity—giving the onlooker dominion over time and space, because time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live." It appears from the quote that the authors were giving their own description of Einstein's ideas, not quoting him. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=Ub3gAAAAMAAJ&q=%22certainly+a+central%22#search_anchor
If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. (en) Similarly, in Einstein and the Poet by William Hermanns, p. 86, Einstein is quoted saying the following in a 1948 interview: "If I should be born again, I will become a cobbler and do my thinking in peace. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=QXCyjj6T5ZUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA86#v=onepage&q&f=false
Ci sono solo due modi di vivere la propria vita: uno come se niente fosse un miracolo; l'altro come se tutto fosse un miracolo. (it) There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is. (it) https://books.google.it/books?id=_2qfZRp9SeEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA62
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. (en) It seems that this quote has only begun to be attributed to Einstein recently, the earliest published source located being the 2008 book Visualization for Dummies by Bernard Golden, p. 85. Before that it was often attributed to the physicist John Wheeler, who quoted the saying in Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information, p. 10. In fact, this quip is much older; the earliest source located is Ray Cummings' 1921 short story "The Time Professor", which includes the passage: '"I do know what time is," Tubby declared. He paused. "Time," he added slowly -- "time is what keeps everything from happening at once ...".' Cummings repeated the quote in his 1922 science fiction novel The Girl in the Golden Atom, available on Project Gutenberg here (according to Science-Fiction: The Early Years by Everett F. Bleiler, p. 171, the novel was a composite of two earlier stories published in 1919 and 1920). Chapter V contains the following paragraph: The Big Business Man smiled. "Time," he said, "is what keeps everything from happening at once." The next-earliest source found for this quote is another book by Ray Cummings, The Man Who Mastered Time from 1929, and no published examples of the quote from authors other than Cummings can be found until the 1962 Film Facts: Volume 5 where it appears on p. 48. So, it seems likely that Ray Cummings is the real originator of this saying. (en) http://books.google.com/books?id=2ppZkdmpSlgC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA85#v=onepage&q&f=false
Temo o dia em que a tecnologia supere nossa interação humana. (pt) Would I Lie To You? = página 265, Brian D. Davis - AuthorHouse, 2013, ISBN 1481741209, 9781481741200, 272 páginas (pt) https://books.google.com.br/books?id=kKwlsiamcy8C&pg=PT265
Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. (en) There's no evidence that Einstein ever said this. (Source: .) (en) http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/05/16/everything-energy/


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