15 Amazing Albert Einstein Quotes

Today’s Affirmation

When I am open to bigger possibilities, I am open to bigger outcomes!

Many think of Albert Einstein as that wild-haired mathematician, physicist, smartest guy of all-time, or the E=MC2 guy. Today many have forgotten that he was also a great thinker, philosopher, statesmen, and advocate for humanity in his time.

His ideas led to massive advances in many fields, including warfare and weaponry – the atomic bomb. He was keenly aware of the responsibility humanity had to use his genius – our genius – wisely.

He had is flaws and his personal problems like the rest of us. To me, that only makes him more human and his genius more approachable.

Today I am sharing my 15 favorite Albert Einstein quotes. Some of them will not be new to you. I hope a few of them will provide new insights into the man and into yourself.

  1. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  2. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  3. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
  4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  5. “I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of a university.”
  6. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  7. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
  8. “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  9. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
  10. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
  11. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  12. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  13. “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
  14. “Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Finally, Einstein wrote:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

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There Are No Dumb Questions – Day 209 of 365 Days to a Better You

You’ve probably heard someone say, “There are no dumb questions,” when trying to get a class or a group of people to open up. Because of the situations where you’ve heard it (maybe a situation where you didn’t have a question), you might have allowed this important piece of advice to slide right by you.

Questioning is at the heart of a growing mind and an expanding soul. Yet, many in our culture fear looking weak if they admit they don’t have all the answers. Questioning is like opening the door and exposing your ignorance.

Some pretty smart people disagree.

  • Confucius said it like this, “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute; the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
  • Einstein added, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  • Socrates went a step further by saying, “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”

Power hack: So, never fear asking questions. Those who don’t ask won’t know. Every question answered adds to your store knowledge. There’s no embarrassment in admitting you don’t know, asking for help, or seeking new truths.

Go through life like a great journalist. Always asking the hard questions of life, of others, and of yourself. You’ll be better for it, smarter for it, and way ahead of those people sitting in silence afraid to ask.

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Speak your truth unapologetically!

Ray

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Do You Live in a Friendly or Hostile Universe? – Day 50 of 365 Days to a Better You

The most important decision we make is whether we believe the universe is friendly or hostile.

Albert Einstein said that and he expanded on this comment with the following commentary.

For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.

If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.

But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”

-Albert Einstein

Ray

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Your Most Important Decision – The Affirmation Spot for Monday October 20, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Important…my contribution is so unique and so important that the unfolding of the entire universe relies on my full efforts.” (click to hear it now)

“The most important decision we make,” declared Albert Einstein, “is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” Einstein was really on to something here. From that decision, you decide how you respond to the world. You decide how you interpret the events that come into your life.

Is your life filled with friendly events and people that, while sometimes challenging, create an opportunity for growth or are events and people hostile? Do you live in a world of plenty for all or a world of scarcity and lack?

Many people think of love and hate as opposites. In reality, fear is the opposite of love. Fear is born out of seeing the world as predominantly hostile and people as predominantly bad. Love thrives when we see the universe as a friendly place.

Think about that for a moment. How much of the information that circulates in our collective consciousness today is based on fear? Those seeds of fear have convinced many that the world is a hostile, dangerous place rather than a place of possibility and opportunity.

The good news is that you are ultimately the masters of your own thoughts. You can decide to see the world as a shadowy place always ready to spring a threat upon you; always ready to rob you of what you have. You can see other people as evil and eager to pillage you if you don’t pillage them first.

Or, you can also decide to stand tall and allow sunshine to fill your mind and your heart and see the world with new eyes. You can choose to burst the bubble of fear and dwell in a realm of love.

No doubt, the choice to dwell in that world has its difficulties. We still have to deal with the actions of people who continue to be trapped by their fears. Those actions can sometimes be destructive.

Nonetheless, if you reject the possibility of your own transformation and fail to start down the path to that possible world, how can you ever expect them to do so?

Don’t kid yourself into thinking that seeing the world as friendly and loving is an easy task. Some people will read this article and think, “That would be nice, but it’s not realistic.” They might chide you for trying to live in love rather than fear.

I have a simple question for those people. We have tried the fear approach for thousands of years. Where has it gotten us? Even if you cannot be love-centered 100% of the time it’s still a worthwhile goal, isn’t it?

There are always going to be examples that can drag you back into the the fear mindset, if you let them. Over time, though, it is possible to progress away from fear towards love.

The question is will you boldly take the first step and lay down your fears in the hope of a better world? As Einstein said, the choice is yours.

Stay true to you!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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