The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
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.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms. – from Life Magazine, 1/9/50
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. – from Living Philosophies, 1931
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
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.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut. Recalled on his death 18 Apr 55
A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.