We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.
Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
The creative scientist studies nature with the rapt gaze of the lover, and is guided as often by aesthetics as by rational considerations in guessing how nature works.
As to science, we may well define it for our purpose as “methodical thinking directed toward finding regulative connections between our sensual experiences”.
Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.
If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
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.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
The series of integers is obviously an invention of the human mind, a self-created tool which simplifies the ordering of certain sensory experiences.
I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
If I could remember the names of all these particles, I’d be a botanist.
One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.