The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.
Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.
Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
Science can never solve one problem without raising ten more problems.
Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.
In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
In comparing religious belief to science, I try to remember that science is belief also.
The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.
A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation.
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