The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.— Albert Einstein
Unique Physicist quotations
Be a voice not an echo.
The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth.
Failure is success in progress
The only mistake in life is the lesson not learned.
All of physics is either impossible or trivial.
It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.
I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
All kids are born geniuses, but are crushed by society.
One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers.
I do not think that the radio waves I have discovered will have any practical application.
I've always thought that the most powerful weapon in the world was the bomb and that's why I gave it to my people, but I've come to the conclusion that the most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb but it's the truth
A physicist friend of mine once said that in facing death, he drew some consolation from the reflection that he would never again have to look up the word "hermeneutics" in the dictionary.
Adversity introduces a man to himself.
A physicist visits a colleague and notices a horseshoe hanging on the wall above the entrance. 'Do you really believe that a horseshoe brings luck?' he asks. 'No,' replies the colleague, 'but I've been told that it works even if you don't believe in it.'
I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed.
The truth of a theory can never be proven, for one never knows if future experience will contradict its conclusions.
Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics.
What I thought was unreal now, for me, seems in some ways to be more real than what I think to be real, which seems now to be unreal
If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.
I have been asked whether I would agree that the tragedy of the scientist is that he is able to bring about great advances in our knowledge, which mankind may then proceed to use for purposes of destruction. My answer is that this is not the tragedy of the scientist; it is the tragedy of mankind.
When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredibly finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it.
Misery is complexity. Happiness is simplicity.
Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.
Contrary to what they tell you... You are not a limited material being.
Creativity is essential to particle physics, cosmology, and to mathematics, and to other fields of science, just as it is to its more widely acknowledged beneficiaries - the arts and humanities.
It was my responsibility that this world got itself an atom bomb, because there were only a handful of nuclear physicists in the thirties - only a handful. And we were all beating the desk and saying "How wonderful it will be if we discover atomic fission."
To obtain an assured favorable response from people, it is better to offer them something for their stomachs instead of their brains.
We should note that this latter type of shift was successfully amplified to a considerable extent by Russian physicists using the intense light of a ruby laser whose wavelength is close to that of a transition of the potassium atom.
The dog is very smart. He feels sorry for me because I receive so much mail; that's why he tries to bite the mailman.
I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race.
They never grow up and they keep their curiosity.
What makes the theory of relativity so acceptable to physicists in spite of its going against the principle of simplicity is its great mathematical beauty. This is a quality which cannot be defined, any more than beauty in art can be defined, but which people who study mathematics usually have no difficulty in appreciating.
Neumann, to a physicist seeking help with a difficult problem: Simple.
This can be solved by using the method of characteristics. Physicist: I'm afraid I don't understand the method of characteristics. Neumann: In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
A chemist who is not a physicist is nothing at all.
If you really want to know about the future, don't ask a technologist, a scientist, a physicist. No! Don't ask somebody who's writing code. No, if you want to know what society's going to be like in 20 years, ask a kindergarten teacher.