When I examined myself and my methods of thought, I came to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

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)