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10 Phrases That Synthesizes Einstein’s Legacy on the Meaning of Life


As well as being a decisive scientist, Einstein’s ideas on the meaning of life have impacted the global culture, and here’s why.

Albert Einstein, acclaimed for his contributions to the knowledge of physics, was one of the most polemic public figures of his time. An example of the latter was the publication of the book 100 Authors Against Einstein, or the Nazi groups that rejected his theories in his native Germany. Despite this, his scientific work transcended all criticism and he became a highly influential character due in great part to his philosophy of life—which he fortunately shared on many occasions.

Einstein changed the traditional stereotype of scientists who only focused on their research and lived disconnected from the social reality of their time. He was an active critic of the prejudices and problems of the past century. He also personified a vision that fought against religious dogmatism, but not against the divine marvel that lies behind intrinsic details in the complexity of matter and energy.

The man that could be considered the most famous scientist of all times recurrently spoke of love for life and for others, as well as of evil and knowledge. We now present you with a list of 10 phrases that explicitly reflect this character’s existential lucidity.

1. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

2. “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

3. “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

4. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

5. “A person, who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”

6. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

7. “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

8. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

9. “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

10. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

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