Albert Einstein brings me great comfort when I most need it.
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate 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.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
– New York Post, 28 November 1972
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.”
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
“Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.”