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'Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.'


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'Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.'


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'Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.'


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'Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.'


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'It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.'


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'Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.'


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'True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.'


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'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.'


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'It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.'


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'Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.'


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'The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.'


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'Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.'


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'I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.'


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'The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.'


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


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'The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.'


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'Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.'


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'The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.'


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'Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.'


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'It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.'


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'The environment is everything that isn't me.'


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'Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.'


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'The only source of knowledge is experience.'


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'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.'


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


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'That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.'


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'God always takes the simplest way.'


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'If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.'


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'The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.'


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


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'When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.'


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


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'I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.'


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'The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.'


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'When the solution is simple, God is answering.'


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'Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.'


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'That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.'


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'I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.'


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'God always takes the simplest way.'


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'God does not play dice.'


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'I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.'


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'I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.'


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'We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.'


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'Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.'


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'God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.'


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'If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.'


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'An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.'


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'He 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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'I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.'


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'Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.'


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'Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.'


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'Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.'


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'It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.'


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'You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one.'


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'A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin what else does a man need to be happy?'


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'The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.'


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'Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.'


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'If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.'


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'Imagination is more important than knowledge.'


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'Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.'


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'I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.'


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'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.'


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'Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.'


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'I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.'


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'To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.'


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'The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.'


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'It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.'


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'Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.'


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'Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.'


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'We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.'


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'Information is not knowledge.'


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'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.'


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'The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.'


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'Information is not knowledge.'


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'Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.'


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'Imagination is more important than knowledge.'


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'The only source of knowledge is experience.'


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'It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.'


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'Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.'


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'The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.'


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'There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.'


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'Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.'


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


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'The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.'


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'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.'


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'Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.'


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'The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.'


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'I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.'


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'The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.'


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'Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.'


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'Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.'


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'Love is a better teacher than duty.'


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'You can't blame gravity for falling in love.'


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'People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.'


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'Force always attracts men of low morality.'


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'You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.'


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'He who joyfully marches to music 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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'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.'


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'Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.'


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'Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.'


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'We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.'


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'Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.'


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'It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.'


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'Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.'


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'Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!'


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'Peace cannot be kept by force it can only be achieved by understanding.'


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'I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.'


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'Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.'


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'Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.'


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'The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.'


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'That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.'


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'The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.'


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'The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.'


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'Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.'


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'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.'


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'My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.'


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'I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.'


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'True religion is real living living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.'


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'One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.'


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


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'Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.'


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'Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.'


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'Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.'


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


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'No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong.'


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'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.'


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'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.'


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'To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.'


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


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'The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.'


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'Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.'


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'The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.'


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'The man of science is a poor philosopher.'


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'It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.'


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'All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.'


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'Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.'


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'One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.'


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'Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.'


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'Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.'


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'It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.'


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'Love is a better teacher than duty.'


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


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'The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.'


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


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'There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.'


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'Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.'


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'Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.'


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'In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.'


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'If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.'


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'The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.'


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'Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.'


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'Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.'


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'He who joyfully marches to music 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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'The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.'


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'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.'


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'I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.'


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'It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.'


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'I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.'


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'You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.'


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'Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.'


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'The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.'

 

 

 

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