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9.2 EINSTEIN QUOTES

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Special Category: Albert Einstein March 14 April 18

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In the past it never occurred to me that every casual remark of mine would
be snatched up and recorded.  Otherwise I would have crept further into my
shell.
        -- Einstein to his biographer Carl Seelig (October 25, 1953)

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                          Why Einstein is famous:
When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of a curved branch, it doesn't
notice that the track it has covered is indeed curved.  I was lucky enough
to notice what the beetle didn't notice.
        -- Einstein, in answer to his son Eduard's question why he is so
        famous, 1922

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With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common
phenomenon.
        -- Albert Einstein (to Heinrich Zanger, Dec 1919)

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Just as with the man in the fairy tale who turned everything he touched
into gold, with me everything is turned into newspaper clamor.
        -- Albert Einstein (to Max Born, Sep 9, 1920)

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From: Dr. Stuart Savory savory.pad#NoSpam.sni.de / savory.pad#NoSpam.sni-usa.com

 "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research,
would it?".

 -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) [German physicist]

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From: kitchse#NoSpam.mail.auburn.edu (Susan E Kitchens)

"Gravitation can not be held resposible for people falling in love"
                -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) [German physicist]

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From: sdnaik#NoSpam.iastate.edu
 The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary
telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it
meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.
  -- Albert Einstein

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From: Colin_Douthwaite#NoSpam.equinox.gen.nz (Colin Douthwaite)

Here are some more Einstein quotes:

When asked how World War III would be fought, Einstein replied that he
didn't know. But he knew how World War IV would be fought: With sticks and
stones!

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
 Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
 THAT'S relativity."

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

 Einstein, Albert (1879-1955) *
   Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
 _Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium_ (1941) ch. 13

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Special Category: Albert Einstein
March 14
April 18

If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I
would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather
choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree
of independence still available under present circumstances.
 -- Albert Einstein, The Reporter, November 18 1954

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The plumber Stanley Murray replied to this: "Since my ambition has always
been to be a scholar and yours seems to be a plumber, I suggest that as a
team we would be tremendously successful.  We can then be possessed of
both knowledge and independence.


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From: throopw#NoSpam.sheol.org (Wayne Throop)
Special Category: Albert Einstein
March 14
April 18
Special Category: Niels Bohr
October 7
November 18
Special Category: Stephen Hawking
Januari 8
traditional paraphrase sequence:

"God does not play dice with the universe."  -- Einstein

"Who are you to tell God what to do?"  -- Bohr

"God not only plays dice, but sometimes throws them where they cannot be
seen."  -- Hawking 

From: "David C. Kifer" <dkifer#NoSpam.sky-access.com>
I cannot believe that God plays dice with the cosmos.  -- Albert Einstein,
in _Observer_, 1954 [or]
Jedenfalls bin ich ö€›berzeugt, dass _der_ nicht wö€›rfelt. [At any rate, I am
convinced that _He_ [God] does not play dice.]  ---Einstein, Letter to Max
Born, 4 December 1926 in _Einstein und Born Briefwechsel_ (1969) p. 130

God plays dice with the universe, but they're loaded dice." 
 -- Joseph Ford, physicist; personal quote acknowledged in "CHAOS; Making a
New Science," James Gleick; Viking Penguin Inc, NY; 1987 (p314)

It seems certain that Einstein was doubly wrong when he said "God does not
play dice." Consideration of particle emission from black holes would seem
to suggest that God not only plays dice but also sometimes throws them
where they cannot be seen.  -- Dr Stephen W. Hawking, NATURE, 1975 [no
article by Hawking in Nature that year, but mentioned thus: Specifically,
it is in Nature 257 (October 2, 1975), 352, an account of a conference
written by Malcolm MacCallum.  The account begins "God not only plays dice.
He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen" This statement
is made by S. W. Hawking (Cambridge University) in his recent work on black
holes...  The reference seems to be to two preprints circulated by Hawking.
[also found in] Hawking concluded by reminding us that Albert Einstein once
said "God does not play dice with the universe."  "On the contrary,"
Hawking said, "it appears that not only does God play dice, but also that
he sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen."  --Jerry
Pournelle, _Galaxy_ magazine article reporting on Hawking lecture at Cal
Tech, October 1975, collected in the book _A Step Farther Out_ by Jerry
Pournelle, cr. 1979

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His
own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the players,
(ie everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of
poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a
Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
 -- "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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From: AXYG58A#NoSpam.prodigy.com (Kristian Jungen)
My favorite from Einstein

(forgive me if I paraphrase slightly:) Einstein was listening to a student
of his when he stated: "Do not trouble me with your concerns with
Mathematics.  I assure you, mine are greater."

From: Joachim
It is probably this:
To junior high school student Barbara Wilson, January 7, 1943:
Do not worry about difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine
are still greater.

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From: goble#NoSpam.infonaut.com (Clark Goble)

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure
about the the universe. -- Albert Einstein

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From: jr3000#NoSpam.aol.com (JR3000)

 "The must incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is
comprehensible." --Albert Einstein

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From: Colin_Douthwaite#NoSpam.equinox.gen.nz (Colin Douthwaite)
 Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
 - Albert Einstein

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From: Colin_Douthwaite#NoSpam.equinox.gen.nz (Colin Douthwaite)
 "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival
of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet"

According to Alice Calaprice in the expanded quotable Einstein this is
probably not by  Albert Einstein (- comment by Joachim)

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From: sue#NoSpam.dnai.com (Sue Reinhold)

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your
grandmother." - Albert Einstein

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From: kharris#NoSpam.ozonline.com.au (Kevin Harris)

 Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at
it.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates
empirically.

One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations,
whether one liked it or not.  This coercion had such a deterring effect on
me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the
consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire
year.

...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape
from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from
the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires.  A finely tempered nature
longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective
perception and thought.

You're aware the boy failed my grade school math class, I take it?  And not
that many years later he's teaching college.  Now I ask you: Is that the
sorriest indictment of the American educational system you ever heard?
[pauses to light cigarette.]  No aptitude at all for long division, but
never mind.  It's him they ask to split the atom.  How he talked his way
into the Nobel prize is beyond me.  But then, I suppose it's like the man
says, "It's not what you know..."  Karl Arbeiter: former teacher of Albert
Einstein

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From: ncmtbiker#NoSpam.aol.com (Eric Karp)

I never thought that others would take them so much more seriously then I
did. - Albert Einstein about his theories

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From: tdelling#NoSpam.eehpx13.cen.uiuc.edu (Timothy M Dellinger)

 It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
    -Albert Einstein

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From: fcbaer#NoSpam.shentel.net (FRANK)
Subject: FRANK's Quotations for Mar 14

from Albert Einstein

FRANK's Quotations for Mar 14 from Albert Einstein

Foraging Quote: We should take care not to make intellect our god; it has,
of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Reflecting quote: I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine
times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Adopting quote: A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads
from experiment to the birth of a theory.

Nurturing Quote: Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not
simpler.

Knuckling Down Quote: Try not to become a man of success but rather try to
become a man of value.

% Albert Einstein (1879-1955) born on March 14 Swiss-German-U.S. physicist;
His theories of relativity revolutionized physics; famous for E = MC
squared; won Nobel Prize, 1921.

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From: John Beaderstadt <beady#NoSpam.together.org> Date: 1999/04/13

"I tried to imagine the easiest way God could have done it."
  --Albert Einstein

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Special Category: Albert Einstein
March 14
April 18
I believe that every true theorist is a kind of tamed metaphysicist, no
matter how pure  a "positivist" he may fancy himsself to be.
       -- Albert Einstein [On the generalized theory of Gravitation,
       Scientific American 182.4 (April 1954)

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The dog is very smart.  He feels sorry for me because I receive so much
mail; that's why he tries to byte the mailman.
      -- Albert Einstein, regarding his dog Chico. [quoted in Ehlers,
      Liebes Hertz!]

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From: Jesper Skovhus Thomsen <jesper#NoSpam.jst1.anat.au.dk>

 "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

 -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) (Alice
Calaprice puts this in "The Expanded Quotable Einstein" in the section
"Probably not by Einstein" - Joachim)

From: zach taylor <doomshot#NoSpam.hotmail.com>
This is not a quote from Einstein rather its a quote from the short story
Annus Mirabilis written by Mike Rimar.  The story is that an Albert
Einstein from a future where they used a modified version of his relativity
theory that allowed interplantery travel because light was variable and
mass constant.  Long story short is that WW2 dragged out into the
interplanetary scale and billions were killed.  Albert traveled back in
time to warn himself of the power of his future theory.  This was the quote
he said as he sabotaged his theory to dissallow the interplanetary travel
to contain the fight to Earth.


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Special Category: Famous last words

From: Ian Ellis <ian#NoSpam.iglou.com>

Q. What were Einstein's last words?

A. No-one knows!
   Albert Einstein's last words were spoken in German. The only other
person in the room was a nurse who didn't speak or understand German, so
Einstein's "last words" remain a mystery.
   [source "Poor Charlie's Almanacऊ" by Charles Suitt] More from Einstein
in the physics section

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He [Albert Einstein] has a quiet way of walking, as if he is afraid of
alarming the truth and frightening it away.

  -- The Japanese cartoonist Ippei Okamoto on Einstein's visit to Japan,
     1922 [Einstein Archive 36]

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Nobody in *football* should be called a genius.  A genius is a guy like
Norman Einstein.
       -- Football commentator and former player Joe Theisman.

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November 9
November 27
During our crossing, Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and by
the time we arrived I was fully convinced he understood it.
    -- Chaim Weizmann, 1921 after he escorted Einstein to the United
     States.

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Einstein's [violin] playing is excellent, but he does not deserve his world
fame; there are many others just as good.
      -- A Berlin music critic on an early 1920s performance, unaware that
     Einstein's fame did not derived from music.


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