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Inspirational Quotations by Albert Einstein (#367)

Albert Einstein

It’s the birthday of theoretical physicist, humanist, and philosopher Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955.)

Einstein was born to Jewish parents in Ulm, Germany, in 1879. Encouraged by his uncle, Einstein started studying mathematics at school. He was an average student and his teachers predicted that he would never amount to much in life. He did not succeed in his first attempt at the entrance exam to a technical college at age 16.

Einstein barely made it through college and could not get a job in several science fields. He eventually joined the Swiss Patents Office in Bern as an examiner of patent applications and wrote scientific papers during his time off.

In 1905, at age 26, Einstein published four papers on the Special Theory of Relativity. These papers broke new ground in physics and included the legendary relation between mass and energy: E = mc-squared. In 1916, he published his work on the General Theory of Relativity. However, it was his work on the photoelectric effect that won Einstein the Nobel Prize in 1921.

Einstein immigrated to America in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 and pursued an academic career at Princeton University. He died in 1955.

Einstein is best known for revolutionizing twentieth-century physics with his theories of relativity and contributions to photoelectric effect and the unification of the laws of physics. He was also a passionate humanist and advocated peace, political freedom, and social justice.

For more on Albert Einstein, I recommend Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography or DK Publishing’s biography. Also worth reading are Einstein’s “The World As I See It,” and his “Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions” with Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” This quote initiated my interest in inspirational quotes. My collection now includes 120,000 quotes.

Inspirational Quotations by Albert Einstein

You never fail until you stop trying.
Albert Einstein

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein

One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Albert Einstein

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
Albert Einstein

I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.
Albert Einstein

A successful man is he who receives a great deal from his fellow men, usually incomparably more than corresponds to his service to them. The value of a man, however, should be seen in what he gives, and not in what he is able to receive.
Albert Einstein

Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury — to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
Albert Einstein

Extrinsic Motivation Couldn’t Change Even Einstein

“He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still,” wrote the English poet and satirist Samuel Butler (1613–1680) in Hudibras (Part iii. Canto iii. Line 547.)

Extrinsic Motivation Couldn't Change Einstein to Quit Smoking

Einstein Wouldn’t Quit Smoking

Consider the case of a rational person as great as Albert Einstein. Grandson Bernhard Caesar Einstein, himself a reputed physicist, recalled in 1998 that Grandpa Einstein’s two prized possessions were his violin and smoking pipe; his reliance on the latter “bordered on dependency.”

Despite deteriorating health, Albert Einstein couldn’t be motivated to quit smoking. His doctor tried but just couldn’t convince Einstein to give it up. To circumvent the doctor’s effort to stop him from smoking, Einstein would scour his neighborhood’s sidewalks to collect discarded cigarette butts to smoke in his pipe.

People Will Change Only if Intrinsically Motivated

People are who they are; they have their (intrinsic) motivations and will continue to live their way. Despite well-meaning intentions, you simply can’t change them or mold their minds into your way of thinking.

You may be frustrated by their reluctance to mend their ways, stop engaging in destructive behavior, or even realize that they’re throwing away their potential. But you just can’t force change down their throats if they aren’t intrinsically motivated. You can only express your opinions, offer help, and even persist. Beyond that, you can only hope they change. You can control your effort and create the conditions for success. Beyond that, the outcomes of your efforts to change are outside your span of control. Control your efforts, not the outcomes.

As I elaborated in a previous article, you will succeed in changing another person’s behavior only if you can translate the extrinsic motivation at your disposal to the elements of his/her intrinsic motivation.

Idea for Impact: Extrinsic motivation is pointless in itself

You can’t change people; they must want to change for themselves. In other words, they must be intrinsically motivated to change. Extrinsic motivation is, in itself, pointless.

Inspirational Quotations #706

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.
Orison Swett Marden

A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; and for want of a horse, the rider was lost; being overtaken, and slain by the enemy. All for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.
Benjamin Franklin

In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
Leo Tolstoy

Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason. The two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one’s faith is, the more it whet’s one’s reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
E. W. Howe

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals—that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
Honore de Balzac

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.
Jim Bishop

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
Khalil Gibran

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Inspirational Quotations #704

If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.
Calvin Coolidge

It is indolence… Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
Jane Austen

There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
Woodrow Wilson

Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.
Seth Godin

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
G. K. Chesterton

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
Rollo May

When a king asked Euclid, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner, he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
Samuel Johnson

It takes vision and courage to create; it takes faith and courage to prove.
Owen D. Young

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives.
Jim Rohn

The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep.
Laozi

Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
Swami Vivekananda

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
Andrew Grove

Inspirational Quotations #703

Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Edward Gibbon

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw

A man’s value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.
Albert Einstein

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
John Ruskin

All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insolvable. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.
Carl Jung

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
Voltaire

No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.
John Stuart Mill

No man is happy unless he believes he is.
Publilius Syrus

Though men pride themselves on their great actions, often they are not the result of any great design, but of chance.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
Swami Vivekananda

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Billy Graham

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
Stephen Leacock

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Inspirational Quotations #686

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan

Rob the average man of his illusion and you rob him of his happiness at one stroke.
Henrik Ibsen

Enjoying the joys of others and suffering with them–these are the best guides for man.
Albert Einstein

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
Ronald Reagan

It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.
Lucretius

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
Frank Lane

The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
Henrik Ibsen

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
John C. Maxwell

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
Arnold Bennett

A stream of tasteful water, having flown into the sea, becomes saline and thus undrinkable. For this simple reason, a wise man should never associate with one of wicked and impure soul.
Subhashita Manjari

The actions of a great man are an inspiration for others. Whatever he does becomes a standard for others to follow.
The Bhagavad Gita

The tragedy of life is what dies within a man while he still lives.
Albert Schweitzer

The secret of success behind all men of achievement, lies in the faculty of applying their intellect in all their activities, without being mislead by any surging emotions or feelings. The secret of success in life lies in keeping the head above the storms of the heart.
Swami Chinmayananda

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Nelson Mandela

Inspirational Quotations #678

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Joseph Addison

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.
Benjamin Franklin

When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
Bertrand A. Russell

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Common Proverb

Listen, sir, to my words, and give ear to my utterances. Keep from strifes with thy neighbor, and if thou seest that thy friend does anything wrong, guard thy tongue from gossip.
The Talmud

Opportunity is lost by deliberation.
Publilius Syrus

In for a penny, in for a pound.
Common Proverb

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Albert Einstein

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
Jimmy Connors

School can give a false sense of confidence or of loserhood. Too often, school success does not predict life success.
Marty Nemko

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.
Alan Alda

Inspirational Quotations #662

It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
Warren Buffett

What you cannot see in the world is far more powerful than anything you can see.
T. Harv Eker

Court not the critic’s smile nor dread his frown.
Walter Scott

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
Walt Disney

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
Cicero

Revenge is the abject pleasure of an abject mind.
Juvenal

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Galileo Galilei

Man is generally led the way which he is inclined to go.
The Talmud

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Albert Einstein

The jests of the rich are ever successful.
Oliver Goldsmith

Hold your neighbor’s honor as sacred as your own.
The Talmud

Three things produce love: culture of mind, modesty, and meekness.
The Talmud

He gives little who gives with a frown; he gives much who gives little with a smile.
The Talmud

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
John Ruskin

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspirational Quotations #655

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
Laozi

Fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.
Eric Hoffer

Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.
Charles Caleb Colton

History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man’s ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.
Voltaire

The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.
Albert Einstein

Beautiful is the intellectual occupation, if combined with some practical work.
The Talmud

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
Iris Murdoch

Punctuality is the politeness of princes.
Common Proverb

The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.
David J. Schwartz

Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas K. Gandhi (#652)

Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas Gandhi

Today marks the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948,) the apostle of peace and non-violence who said, “My life is my message.”

Around the world, this “Mahatma” (great soul) is idolized as a modern saint not only for his extraordinary public life as the leader of India’s peaceful struggle for independence, but also for his enduring philosophical contributions to humanity.

Gandhi was born into a family of modest means in the state of Gujarat. He was educated in British schools and earned a law degree in London. While working as an attorney in racially divided South Africa, he suffered discrimination in its full force. As dramatized in Richard Attenborough’s superb Gandhi, Gandhi was pushed off a train when he did not relocate from its first class coach. That particular incident made him politically active. During his 21 years in South Africa, he found his calling, experimented with nonviolent resistance, and vehemently fought against anti-Indian legislation in South Africa.

Gandhi then returned to India and organized peasants and workers against land taxes and subjugation. He led a series of nonviolent campaigns as the leader of the Indian crusade for home rule. He frequently resorted to hunger strikes not only in protest of British colonialism but also against hostility between India’s Hindus and Muslims. When Great Britain granted independence in 1947, the partition of India along religious lines led Gandhi to declare his life a failure because India could not govern itself as one nation but instead gave in to the division.

Inspirational Quotations by Mahatma Gandhi Within months after India’s independence, a Hindu fanatic assassinated Gandhi while he was on his way to evening prayers in Delhi. At his funeral procession, American radio journalist Edward Murrow broadcast, “The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived—a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not a commander of armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could not boast any scientific achievements or artistic gift. Yet men, governments and dignitaries from all over the world have joined hands today to pay homage to this little brown man in the loincloth who led his country to freedom.”

Gandhi is one of the most-biographed people in the history of the world. Physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

'Gandhi An Autobiography' by Mohandas Gandhi (ISBN 0807059099) Gandhi inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, the 14th Dalai Lama, and political leaders who resist oppressive regimes. He was also a prolific writer; his most famous work is his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1940.)

Gandhi is the political and spiritual father of modern India. Beyond the common reverence of Gandhi as a freedom-struggle leader, he is also venerated for his philosophy of life. He advocated virtue, simple living, nonviolence, and vegetarianism. He expounded a nonviolent way of life in which people can recognize themselves as God’s children, irrespective of religion and culture, and live the life of absolute truth, universal love, and righteous justice. He presented this as an alternative to a Western culture overflowing with consumerism, individualism, competition, and inequality.

Gandhi said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.”

Inspirational Quotations by Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to coyer impotence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

For me the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

In judging myself I shall try to be as harsh as truth, as I want others also to be.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man of truth must also be a man of care.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand popular feeling and to give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments; and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it, when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it, even if I did not have the ability in the beginning.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Always believe in your dreams, because if you don’t, you’ll still have hope.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nothing can be more hurtful to an honourable man than that he should be accused of bad faith.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

One golden rule is to accept the interpretation honestly put on the pledge by the party administering it.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be inseparable part of our very being.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling?
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Today I know that physical training should have as much place in the curriculum as mental training.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nothing is impossible for pure love.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should feel free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite violence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall—think of it, always.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

The weak can’t forgive. Forgiveness is of the strong.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
Mohandas K. Gandhi