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 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.