Albert Einstein Facts and Wisdom

His Personality

While having a strong will, Einstein was very humble and attributed his talent to his passionate curiosity and imagination. He felt both were more important than knowledge. His view was that the true sign of intelligence was not knowledge but imagination and believed that the only source of knowledge was experience.

Views on Life

A focus on simplicity was one of his main tenets and though his skill in physics was renown, he believed everything that can be counted did not necessarily count and that everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. He believed in being a giver… only a life lived for others was a life worthwhile.

Views on Creativity

His thought was felt that imagination was more valuable than logic … logic could get you from A to B, but imagination could take you everywhere. He was an early believer in trying many new things and not fearing mistakes … felt that someone who never made a mistake never tried new things. His view was any intelligent fool could make things bigger and more complex, but the genius and courage were heading in the opposite direction.

Problem Solving Thinking

Einstein believed that if he was given 20 hours to solve a problem, he would spend 18 hours on understanding the problem and 2 hours on the solution. That is one of my favorite lessons from this thinker. He didn’t think he was that smart, it’s just that he had the skill of persistence to stay with problems longer than most people.

Education Views

Einstein was not a proponent of the education systems of his day. He used to say that one’s education was what was left after one had forgotten what one learned had learned in school. He also felt that it was a miracle that any curiosity was able to survive formal education.

Einstein facts and wisdom … laugh often

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.

Albert Einstein quotes about life … keep pushing

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

Albert Einstein famous quotes … a simple life

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

His Sense of Humor

He often stated that his secret to creativity was knowing how to hide his sources. The difference between stupidity and genius he felt was that genius had its limits … and liked to say that only 2 things were infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and he wasn’t sure about the former.

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