19 Albert Einstein Quotes on Education, Hitler & Religion
Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his revolutionary papers on relativity. He often talked about a time he watched the sun reflecting off the surface of a lake. He thought for a long time what it would be like to ride the sunbeam. He thought for such a long time that he came up with the formula for the speed of light.
Einstein talked about the time his father shared a compass with him when he was a young boy. The compass intrigued him because no matter which direction he placed the compass it always pointed to the north. He felt and saw the power of the universe through the compass. It drove him to find out why it behaved the way it did.
Theory of Relativity
Trying to understand light and its intrinsic value established his direction toward his most recognized work – the theory of relativity.
He changed the way science and physics viewed the concepts of the physical universe. He became a celebrity and wrote about his theories on bending light by gravity as well as unified field theory.
I attended an educational seminar where Ben R. Kugler spoke about Einstein’s educational upbringing. I am impressed that Einstein did not get along with his teachers. He was not your typical student, so his mother homeschooled him. When asked why he was so successful, he said it was because of his mother.
I learned Einstein later in life went to school, he attended only the classes that interested him. He liked studying on his own.
Scientific Theories and Laws
Officially recognized for accomplishing many scientific theories and laws, he used his distinction to forward world peace, international unity, and social justice. He led an amazing life. He was a strong supporter of disarmament, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Not only recognized as a genius, but he is also quoted often and broadly.
As a boy, Einstein made structures out of blocks and deck of cards. He recognized structure in music. In school, he thought about what he could do with structure and sunbeams. Teachers called him a dreamer and foolish.
By the age of fifteen, he studied calculus and mastered math curriculum. He saw math was like music having its own logical structure.
Education and Raising Children
After his education, he became a temporary High School teacher, and later a professor. Reading his quotes on education and raising children, there is a sense of allowing a student the willingness to learn with application in life. The following quotes are most fitting.
1. "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."
2. "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."
3. “Never memorize something that you can look up.”
4. "If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself.”
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
5. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
6. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
7. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Einstein was a Jew and lived in Germany during the time Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933. All things decent and cherished like democracy, peace, and freedom spiraled into annihilation - a brutal time for Jews under his dictatorship. Einstein decided to leave the country because he believed in equality and freedom for all.
Princeton University invited him to join its recently founded Institute of Advanced Study, and he arrived in the Fall of 1933. The following quotes are suitable for this time in his life.
8. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
9. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Viewpoint on Infinite Potential
Knowing his family was Jewish, he studied its principles quite extensively during his formative years. I consider Einstein a religious man, who believed in spirituality. The final list of Albert Einstein quotes regards his viewpoint on people and their infinite potentials.
10. “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.”
11. “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.”
12. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
13. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
14. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
15. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
16. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
17. “A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.”
18. “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”
19. “When the answer is simple, God is speaking.”
Influenced Other Mathematicians
While listening to a recorded lecture of L. Ron Hubbard about education, I learned that Einstein didn’t do a lot of things other than figure and figure through mathematical equations. I found it interesting that Hubbard pointed out that he did get a lot of other mathematicians busy calculating and learning. The speed of light has variables, and it varies depending upon the factors influencing white light - like a prism bends the light. My admiration for Einstein is his uncanny ability to spark life into a subject that is unknown or hard to understand.
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