He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

Interview on the Belgenland (December 1930)

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

I cannot believe that God plays dice with the cosmos.

Observer, 1954