Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein — born in Southern Germany on this day in 1879 — has become a universal icon of intelligence and scientific discovery over the nearly 150 years since his birth.

His theories revolutionized the way we see the universe, altering our perception of space and time and introducing the scientific basis for nuclear energy. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for “his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”

In 1999, Time magazine named Einstein Person of the Century, declaring him “the pre-eminent scientist in a century dominated by science.” To many, “Einstein” is now synonymous with “genius.”

Known for his playful humor, Einstein is also celebrated for his many pithy aphorisms.

Associated Press

Dr. Albert Einstein writes out an equation for the density of the Milky Way on the blackboard at the Carnegie Institute, Mt. Wilson Observatory headquarters in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1931.

In October 2017, a piece of paper on which Einstein wrote, “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” sold for $1.3 million at auction.

According to NPR’s Morning Edition, Einstein penned the sentence in 1922 after learning he had just won the Nobel Prize. At the time, he didn’t have money to tip a bellboy, so he offered him this scrap of advice instead.

In honor of Einstein’s birthday, here are 21 more quotes that give us a glimpse into his wit, humanity and deep curiosity.

On authority:

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

— 1901 letter to Swiss linguist Jost Winteler

On being present:

“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to think too much about the future.”

— 1896 school essay titled “My Future Plans,” written at age 17

On certainty:

“As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”

— 1921 lecture before the Prussian Academy of Sciences

Princeton University via Associated Press

Dr. Albert Einstein is photographed in his office in Berlin in the early 1920s.

On common sense:

“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.”

— Attributed to Einstein by Lincoln Barnett in the 1948 book “The Universe and Dr. Einstein”

On curiosity:

“I …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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22 witty and inspiring Albert Einstein quotes

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