The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

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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.

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.