25 Quotes That Take You Inside Albert Einstein’s Revolutionary Mind

TIME

Over the years, Albert Einstein’s name has become synonymous with genius.

In his lifetime, Einstein changed the world, describing the workings of reality better than anyone since Isaac Newton and revealing the capabilities of the atom bomb. In 1999, Time named him Person of the Century.

Here are 25 of Einstein’s most telling quotes; each will take you inside the mind of the legend.

On authority

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

[“The Curious History of Relativity”]

On scope

“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension.”

[Smithsonian, February 1979]

On politics

“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being…

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