9 Things You May Not Know About Albert Einstein

9 Things You May Not Know About Albert Einstein


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1. Einstein didn’t fail math as a child.

Underachieving school kids have long taken solace in the claim that Einstein flunked math as a youth, but the records show that he was actually an exceptional, if not reluctant, student. He scored high grades during his school days in Munich, and was only frustrated by what he described as the “mechanical discipline” demanded by his teachers. The future Nobel Laureate dropped out of school at age 15 and left Germany to avoid state-mandated military service, but before then he was consistently at the top of his class and was even considered something of a prodigy for his grasp of complex mathematical and scientific concepts. When later presented with a news article claiming he’d failed grade-school math, Einstein dismissed the story as a myth and said, “Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus.”

2. No one knows what happened to his first daughter.

In 1896, Einstein renounced his German citizenship and enrolled at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich. There, he began a passionate love affair with Mileva Maric, a fellow physicist-in-training originally from Serbia. The couple later married and had two sons after graduating, but a year before they tied the knot, Maric gave birth to an illegitimate daughter named Lieserl. Einstein never spoke about the child to his family, and biographers weren’t even aware of her existence until examining his private papers in the late-1980s. Her fate remains a mystery to this day. Some scholars think Lieserl died from scarlet fever in 1903, while others believe she survived the sickness and was given up for adoption in Maric’s native Serbia.

3. It took Einstein nine years to get a job in academia.

Einstein showed flashes of brilliance during his years at the Zurich Polytechnic, but his rebellious personality and penchant for skipping classes saw his professors give him less than glowing recommendations upon his graduation in 1900. The young physicist later spent two years searching for an academic position before settling for a gig at the Swiss patent office in Bern. Though menial, the job turned out to be a perfect fit for Einstein, who found he could breeze through his office duties in a few hours and spend the rest of the day writing and conducting research. In 1905—often called his “miracle year”—the lowly clerk published four revolutionary articles that introduced his famous equation E=mc2 and the theory of special relativity. While the discoveries marked Einstein’s entrance onto the physics world stage, he didn’t win a full professorship until 1909—nearly a decade after he had left school.

4. He offered his wife his Nobel Prize as part of their divorce settlement.

After his marriage to Mileva Maric hit the rocks in the early 1910s, Einstein left his family, moved to Berlin and started a new relationship with his cousin, Elsa. He and Maric finally divorced several years later in 1919. As part of their separation agreement, Einstein promised her an annual stipend plus whatever money he might receive from the Nobel Prize—which he was supremely confident he would eventually win. Maric agreed, and Einstein later handed over a small fortune upon receiving the award in 1922 for his work on the photoelectric effect. By then, he had already remarried to Elsa, who remained his wife until her death in 1936.

5. A solar eclipse helped make Einstein world famous.

In 1915, Einstein published his theory of general relativity, which stated that gravitational fields cause distortions in the fabric of space and time. Because it was such a bold rewriting of the laws of physics, the theory remained controversial until May 1919, when a total solar eclipse provided the proper conditions to test its claim that a supermassive object—in this case the sun—would cause a measurable curve in the starlight passing by it. Hoping to prove Einstein’s theory once and for all, English astronomer Arthur Eddington journeyed to the coast of West Africa and photographed the eclipse. Upon analyzing the pictures, he confirmed that the sun’s gravity had deflected the light by roughly 1.7 arc-seconds—exactly as predicted by general relativity. The news made Einstein an overnight celebrity. Newspapers hailed him as the heir to Sir Isaac Newton, and he went on to travel the world lecturing on his theories about the cosmos. According to Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson, in the six years after the 1919 eclipse, more than 600 books and articles were written about the theory of relativity.

6. The FBI spied on him for decades.

Shortly before Hitler rose to power in 1933, Einstein left Berlin for the United States and took a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. His support for pacifist, civil rights and left-wing causes had already drawn suspicion from J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, and after his arrival on American shores, the Bureau launched what would eventually become a 22-year surveillance campaign. Agents listened to the physicist’s phone calls, opened his mail and rooted through his trash in the hope of unmasking him as a subversive or a Soviet spy. They even investigated tips that he was building a death ray. The project came up empty handed, but by the time Einstein died in 1955, his FBI file totaled a whopping 1,800 pages.

7. Einstein urged the building of the atomic bomb—and later became a proponent of nuclear disarmament.

In the late-1930s, Einstein learned that new research had put German scientists on a path toward creating the atom bomb. The prospect of a doomsday weapon in the hands of the Nazis convinced him to set aside his pacifist principles and team up with Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard, who helped him write a letter urging President Franklin D. Roosevelt to conduct atomic research. Though Einstein never participated directly in the Manhattan Project, he later expressed deep regrets about his minor role in bringing about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. “Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I never would have lifted a finger,” he told Newsweek. He went on to become an impassioned advocate of nuclear disarmament, controls on weapons testing and unified world government. Shortly before his death in 1955, he joined with philosopher Bertrand Russell in signing the “Russell-Einstein Manifesto,” a public letter that stressed the risks of nuclear war and implored governments to “find peaceful means for the settlement of all disputes between them.”

8. He was asked to be president of Israel.

Though not traditionally religious, Einstein felt a deep connection to his Jewish heritage and often spoke out against anti-Semitism. He was never a staunch Zionist, but when head of state Chaim Weizmann died in 1952, the Israeli government offered to appoint him as the nation’s second president. The 73-year-old wasted little time in declining the honor. “All my life I have dealt with objective matters,” Einstein wrote in a letter to the Israeli ambassador, “hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official function.”

9. Einstein’s brain was stolen after his death.

Einstein died in April 1955 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had requested that his body be cremated, but in a bizarre incident, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his famous brain during his autopsy and kept it in the hope of unlocking the secrets of his genius. After winning a reluctant approval from Einstein’s son, Harvey later had the brain cut into pieces and sent to various scientists for research. A handful of studies have been conduced on it since the 1980s, but most have either been dismissed or discredited. Perhaps the most famous came in 1999, when a team from a Canadian university published a controversial paper claiming Einstein possessed unusual folds on his parietal lobe, a part of the brain associated with mathematical and spatial ability.


10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Albert Einstein

Most people agree that Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. As with many famous people, however, some interesting facts about his life have been distorted or forgotten over time. When digging a little deeper into his life, we found some nuggets that prove Einstein still has the capacity to surprise and even amaze us.

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He isn't completely responsible for E = mc2 -- at least not in the way you think he is.

The most important part of the equation -- the suggestion of an equivalency between mass and energy -- had been proposed by a number of scientists including Friedrich Hasenöhrl, Henri Poincaré, and Oliver Heaviside years, even decades, before Einstein published his theory in 1905. Even the equation itself, in a slightly different version, had been published more than once before Einstein, who was indeed able to simplify the equation and put it into the form that made it famous. Wikimedia Commons

He never actually failed math.

This is a popular “fact” often promoted on the internet, perhaps in an attempt to humanize Einstein's genius. However, it is simply not true. Overall, Einstein was an average student, but math was one area where he excelled, unsurprisingly. Wikimedia Commons

He did, however, fail his university entrance exam.

In 1895, a 16-year-old Einstein took the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school. While he had exceptional scores in physics and math, his other scores weren't good enough and he failed the exam as a whole. -/AFP/Getty Images

He aided in the development of nuclear weapons -- although not quite in the way that some think.

His involvement in this matter is often misinterpreted, with some claiming that he helped create the atomic bomb. In reality, what he did was write a letter to President Roosevelt encouraging him to begin work on such a weapon, which led to the creation of the Manhattan Project that was ultimately responsible for the bomb. Although a dedicated pacifist and, later, an anti-nuclear weapons spokesman, Einstein was convinced that America needed the atomic bomb before the Nazis. -/AFP/Getty Images

If the whole “genius” thing didn’t work out, Einstein could have become a working violinist. His mother played piano so he had the love of music instilled in him via violin lessons at the young age of five. -/AFP/Getty Images

He could have been the President of Israel.

When Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, died, Einstein was offered the position, but he declined. Wikimedia Commons

After Einstein divorced his first wife, Mileva Maric, he married his cousin, Elsa Lowenthal (pictured). He was, actually, quite a bad husband to his first wife in their later years. He had affairs he never tried to hide, he moved the entire family to Berlin without discussion, and treated her more as a servant than a wife. -/AFP/Getty Images

He even had his first wife agree to a written list of demeaning duties and conditions if she wanted to stay with him.

The full list given to Mileva Maric (pictured), only uncovered recently, includes items like, "you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way" and "you will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons." Wikimedia Commons

He promised his Nobel Prize money to his wife upon their divorce -- before he'd even won the prize.

In 1919, when drawing up divorce papers with his first wife, he promised her Nobel Prize money he hadn't yet won (which some see as a tacit admission that she actually helped him create some of his most famous theories). Of course, his confidence proved warranted when he won just two years later and indeed gave the money to his wife. Wikimedia Commons

He won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics -- but not for the reason you think.

His win alone isn’t particularly surprising, but what is surprising is the fact that he didn’t receive it for either the general or special theory of relativity -- both of which account for much of his renown today -- but rather for the photoelectric effect. -/AFP/Getty Images

He had an illegitimate daughter.

This wasn’t widely known until the 1980s, but according to correspondence between Einstein and Maric, it was determined that the two had a daughter in 1902 named Lieserl. At one point, all mention of her in letters stopped so her fate is unknown. -/AFP/Getty Images

One of his two sons was shipped to an asylum with schizophrenia.

At the ago of 20, Eduard Einstein was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized. He soon suffered a breakdown and told his father that he hated him. When Einstein left for America, it was the last he ever saw of his son, who lived out his remaining years alternately under the care of his mother and various asylums. Wikimedia Commons

Ever since university, Einstein sailed as a hobby. But by his own admission, he never made a particularly good sailor. In fact, he didn’t even know how to swim. Wikimedia Commons

He really didn’t like socks, and usually didn’t wear them.

In fact, in a letter to Lowenthal, he bragged about getting away “without wearing socks” while at Oxford. -/AFP/Getty Images

He was born with an alarmingly enormous head.

Upon Einstein's birth, his mother feared that he was deformed. Physicians were ultimately able to reassure her and after a few weeks, Einstein grew into his head. Wikimedia Commons

His speech development during childhood was significantly delayed.

Einstein didn't begin speaking until the age of four. Today, Einstein Syndrome, a term coined by economist Thomas Sowell, refers to exceptionally bright people who nevertheless have early problems with speech. Wikimedia Commons

His brain actually was physically different than the rest of ours.

Many curious researchers have examined Einstein's brain since his death, uncovering many curious, if ultimately specious, findings. However, one study did find that Einstein's parietal lobe -- the region responsible for mathematical thought, visuospatial cognition, and imagery of movement -- was 15 percent larger than the average person's. Wikimedia Commons

His brain's total weight, however, was lower than that of the average person.

When researchers weighed his brain shortly after his death, they found that it came to 1,230 grams, noticeably less than the 1,400-gram average. -/AFP/Getty Images

After Einstein died, the pathologist who did his autopsy took his brain without permission. He eventually got the permission necessary from Einstein’s son, but he was fired from Princeton when he refused to turn the brain over. He kept it for over 40 years before finally returning it in 1998. -/AFP/Getty Images

His brain wasn't the only part of his body that was preserved after his death.

The same doctor that took Einstein's brain also took his eyeballs and eventually gave them to Einstein's ophthalmologist and friend, Henry Abrams, who kept them in a safe deposit box in New York City, where they remain to this day. -/AFP/Getty Images

He left his homeland forever because of Hitler.

In February 1933, just one month after hitler became chancellor of Germany, Einstein came to the United States and never looked back. Knowing that Germany was no longer a safe place for Jews, he never again returned to his country of birth. -/AFP/Getty Images

Although he developed theories that obliterated the boundaries of science and is himself perhaps the most famous scientist of all time, he worked things out in his head or on paper at his desk, hardly ever visiting a laboratory. Wikimedia Commons

He developed his most important theories while working a rather tedious day job.

Just after the turn-of-the-century, a twenty-something Einstein needed a steady income and took a job as a patent clerk in a Swiss office. There, he evaluated patent submissions, a task he quickly mastered, giving him ample time to formulate his world-changing theories. Wikimedia Commons

He couldn't get a job in academia for almost a decade.

The reason the young Einstein settled for that patent clerk job is that no academic institution would hire him. Although his professors knew him to be brilliant, they also saw him as rebellious and unruly, thus refusing to recommend him for various positions. -/AFP/Getty Images


This week we honor Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein. Celebrate his birthday by testing your knowledge against these ten facts.

1. His Family Had Grave Worries about Him as a Child

When Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, his parents were afraid that he was deformed because his head was so large and misshapen. Their physician was not concerned and within a few weeks, Einstein’s head was shaped normally. However, his grandmother said, “Much too fat, much too fat!” the first time she saw him.

Later, Einstein’s parents thought he might be mentally retarded because he did not speak until he was four years old. He broke his silence one night at dinner saying, “The soup is too hot.” When his parents asked why he had not spoken previously, the young Einstein responded, “Because up to now everything was in order.” Still, he spoke only haltingly until he was nine years old, practicing sentences in his head or under his breath until he got them right.

2. He Had an Illegitimate Daughter

Before Einstein married his first wife, Mileva, they discovered that she was pregnant. They were too poor to marry and so Mileva returned to her family and gave birth to a girl named Lieserl. Einstein and Mileva kept the child’s existence a secret and it is unknown what happened to the girl or if Einstein ever saw her. Most believe that Lieserl either died from scarlet fever or was given up for adoption while still a baby.

3. He Created Strict Rules for His First Wife

Einstein grew apart from his first wife, Mileva, after becoming a successful academic. After they tried reconciling, Einstein proposed a “contract” under which they could continue living together. His conditions were as follows:

He further demanded that, “you will stop talking to me if I request it.” Mileva accepted his terms, but the two ultimately divorced.

4. He Did Not Win the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity

Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” The Nobel Committee wrote that it was awarding the prize to Einstein “without taking into account the value that will be accorded your relativity and gravitational theories after these are confirmed in the future.” While astrophysicist Arthur Eddington had proved the theory of relativity in 1919, the Nobel Committee believed Eddington’s work was too unreliable to serve as proof.

5. He Never Touched His Nobel Prize Money

Einstein divorced his first wife, Mileva, on February 14, 1919. As part of their divorce settlement, Einstein signed away all future Nobel Prize money, in the event that he should win some. The money was placed in a trust for his sons. His wife could use the interest on the money, but had no ability to access the capital.

6. He Suggested an Alternate Big-Bang Theory

According to a recently discovered manuscript, Einstein proposed an alternate Big-Bang theory in 1931. The document was stored in the Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem and overlooked for decades. While it had been available for view online, the manuscript was mistakenly described as the first draft for a different paper. The document shows Einstein’s initial excitement over the Big-Bang theory, a “rough draft” according to James Peebles of Princeton University. However, as Einstein never pursued the concept, academics believe that he was merely exploring an intriguing idea.

7. He Had a Terrible Memory

Einstein’s memory was notoriously poor. He was unable to remember dates and could not remember his own phone number. As a student, one of his teachers claimed that he had a memory like a sieve. Once when he was traveling on a train, the conductor approached to collect his ticket. Einstein began searching his pockets, but the conductor recognized him and said he could ride for free. Einstein responded, “Thank you, but if I don’t find my ticket I won’t know where to get off the train.”

8. He Was Offered (and Declined) the Presidency of Israel

Shortly after the death of Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion asked Einstein to become the second president of Israel. Einstein declined, stating that at 73 years of age he was too old for the job and that he lacked the “natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people.”

9. His Body Was Cremated… Except for His Brain

After performing an autopsy on Einstein’s body, pathologist Thomas Harvey kept his brain after the rest of the body was cremated. Despite violating Einstein’s wishes, Harvey convinced Einstein’s son to let him keep it for further study. Although Princeton fired Harvey, he kept Einstein’s brain more than forty years, chopping it into pieces and storing it in two mason jars. He occasionally sent pieces of the brain to specialists around the country, some of whom discovered unique attributes to the brain. In one test, the tissue appeared denser than in normal brains and the inferior parietal lobe was larger. Finally, in 1998, Harvey returned the brain to Princeton University saying, “Eventually you get tired of the responsibility of having it.”

10. His Final Words Were Lost in Translation

Einstein died in his sleep at Princeton Hospital on April 18, 1955. He suffered a ruptured aneurysm and refused surgical treatment. He explained, “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” Before dying, Einstein said a few words to the nurse, but he spoke in German and the nurse did not understand.


10 facts about Albert Einstein

Albert never went back to Germany after moving to the USA. He didn’t feel safe in Germany because of the events that led to World War 2, and instead settled down to life in the American town of Princeton, New Jersey.

2. When Albert was a boy, he fell in love with physics when his father gifted him a compass.

He was fascinated by the way the magnets moved inside of the compass, and thought about this when he was older and coming up with his theories around relativity.

3. Albert hated the strict discipline of the grammar school he attended as a teenager, and left aged 15…

While at school, he excelled at maths, physics, and philosophy, but struggled with other subjects like languages.

4. …but he still managed to write his first scholarly paper at just 16 years old!

The paper was inspired by his compass, and discussed the force of magnetism.

5. Rather than becoming a physicist straight away, Albert first trained as a teacher.

In 1896, he was accepted into the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich, Switzerland. He originally failed the entrance exam, but was let anyway due to his exceptional maths results! However, this was on the condition that Albert also went to high school and finished his formal schooling.

6. After failing to find work as a maths and physics teacher, Albert decided to obtain a Ph.D. in physics.

He obtained this degree in 1905 – a year that came to be known as Albert’s “year of miracles“, because he published four groundbreaking papers in just 12 months!

7. One of the discoveries Albert announced in 1905 was his famous formula: E=mc 2

Albert figured out that matter – the tiny particles that make up everything in the world – can be turned into energy. The equation, E=mc 2 , describes how this conversion can be achieved. This amazing breakthrough made the 26-year-old Albert Einstein a star!

8. The formula formed part of Albert’s ‘general theory of relativity’, which he worked on over the next ten years.

Other scientists, for example Dutch physicist Hendrik Lorentz, had already been forming pieces of the theory. However, Albert was the first one to put the whole thing together. He published the complete theory in 1915, where it wowed the world!

9. Albert’s theory of relativity helped scientists understand how the universe works.

Albert’s theory showed that the effects of gravity result from the ways that objects affect space and time. These interactions can only been seen on enormous objects like the planets. As a result, Albert’s general theory of relativity describes the way that amazing phenomena like the movement of planets, the birth and death of stars, black holes, and evolution of the universe, are possible.

Check out our space facts article to learn more about these out-of-this-world places!

10. He went on to win The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.

The Nobel Prize is an award for major scientific accomplishments – and by the time Albert won it, he and his discoveries were famous around the world. He continued working on theories until his death in 1955, aged 76.

*A theoretical physicist is a scientist who try to figure out how the world and universe works.


35 Albert Einstein Quotes On Success That will Excite and Surprise You

Albert Einstein (14th March 1879 - 18th April 1955), was an unbelievable theoretical physicist, who was born in Ulm, Germany. Along with Issac Newton, he was admitted as the greatest physicist of all time due to his efforts and achievements.

Instead of just trying to memorize everything, he believes in inner creativity and intelligence that lies inside every person. Also, he never remembers any dates of history, as they are easily available on books and the internet. He was also awarded the Nobel Prize for his dedicated services in theoretical physics.

His greatest invention till now is the discovery of the law of photoelectric effect’, from which he further discovered the mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc^2. This is the concept we all had gone through in school or graduation. You might get wondered but this great discovery is the result of his dreams, imagination, and creativity. As he always believes in his imagination. Due to these, the ‘Einstein’ word is often called the synonym of ‘genius’.

His discoveries and inventions lead to a new world full of innovation and intelligence. The reason for the presentation of Albert Einstein Quotes to you is to make you familiar with the thought process and way of thinking of one of the most intelligent people i.e., Albert Einstein. Following are the Albert Einstein Quotes which will definitely inspire you and also guide you to become a better version of yourself.

1) A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for.

All of us know that a ship is completely safe at the edge of the sea i.e., seashore, but the reason behind its manufacturing is not just to keep at the shore. Instead, to travel along the ocean.

2) There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.

In this Albert Einstein Quotes, not reading books doesn’t mean the actual book, it reflects the life and suggestions of other people, who wants us according to them. We should write our book of life with the help of our passion and interests.

3) If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.

We usually expect our happy life by sticking to any person, money, or other materialistic objects, which can give us a satisfying but not happy life. We need to tie up ourselves with a goal and start working on it, it will provide us happiness with satisfaction.

4) A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

Whenever any problem occurs, a clever person usually fixes it by their intelligence. But, a wise person believes in avoiding the problem before it occurs.

5) The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.

Knowledge is something that everyone has the same, but imagination is what makes us unique. Also, knowledge is available on the internet and various books but imagination is in the mind, which is a real sign of intelligence.

6) You never fail until you stop trying.

Failing is also a part of success if you learn from the mistakes and improve them next time. This is the habit of real winners.

7) Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.

Taking revenge for the silly things that happened in life is a sign of weak people. While strong people forgive others for the fraud or cheat they did to them. On the other hand, intelligent people just ignore the mistakes and let them go.

8) Imagination is the highest form of research.

A myth that revolves in our mind is that research needs lots of study, knowledge, and hard work. But it isn’t the whole truth, what we can imagine is the real and highest level of research. Even the theory of relativity is the result of Einstein’s imagination.

9) Most people see what is, and never see what can be.

This one from Albert Einstein Quotes is quite similar to the previous one. Most people just see what is happening in the surroundings, but never try to make any change.

10) Education is not the learning of facts. It’s rather the training of the mind to think.

Learning facts and remembering them for exams has never been any form of learning. On the other hand, real learning is when we realize the concepts and train our minds to think about them.

11) The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

Intelligent people never give up or ignore their mistakes, they just change themselves according to the situation and trend going on.

12) If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

Doing the same thing and expecting a better result is the biggest scam we mostly do with ourselves even after knowing it. To get better results, you need to improve yourself in a proper direction.

13) Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Judging someone by only a single ability, is just foolishness. A fish can never climb on the tree, but his swimming skills make it genius. Similarly, everybody has their skills and abilities, and all are geniuses as per their abilities.

14) Learn from Yesterday. Live for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.

To be a better version of ourselves, we need to learn from past experiences, and implement them today, so that our future will become bright.

15) Once you stop learning. You start dying.

Learning becomes underrated after a certain age according to our society. But according to geniuses, a person should never stop learning. Termination of learning means the end of your life.

16) Failure is success in progress.

Success requires a lot of failures. Can you name me any single successful person who never got failed in their life? Well, your answer must be ‘NO’. Failures are the pillars of success, the only thing we should keep in our mind is to learn from our past mistakes.

17) Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.

Negative people always oppose innovators. Whenever a person tries to add some values to society, negative people always try to resist them by creating the problems of their solution.

18) A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Making mistakes is far better than faking perfection. The person who falls while trying something will get to know the areas required for improvement.

19) Life is like a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Moving the bicycle is the only way to balance, even if the situations are not favorable to us, we should keep moving.

20)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Making money and gaining wealth to become successful is great, but not adding any positive value to anyone’s life is useless. Making value is gaining trust, and trustworthy people usually become successful.

21)Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.

Living a life for the goodness of society is worth living, instead of living for your means. As it is fruitful for us as well as others also.

22) Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Successful people are big dreamers, unsuccessful just follow the facts. More than statistical data, we need to put our efforts on the path we love.

23) Education is not the learning of facts.

Never understand the learning of facts with education. The real meaning of education is understanding moral values and innovating new ideas, instead of learning the facts.

24) Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

Being alone provides you free time to understand yourself, your passion, interests, etc. This gives you space and time to work on your dreams. According to stats, most successful people are a loner.

25) I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Nobody in this world is born with extraordinary ideas or any super skill. They are just passionate and curious about their goals. Such an example is Albert Einstein itself.

26) The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil. But because of those who look on and do nothing.

This world is full of danger in every place. Evil people do as they want as per their wish and needs, but the real evil is who notices everything about them and just keeps ignoring everything.

27) Don’t listen to the person who has the answers, listen to the person who has the questions.

People who have answers are good learners and try to learn everything. On the other hand, people who have questions are the real explorers of life. They are curious and passionate about how and why things are happening.

28) The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.

Arrogance is the most destructive thing which can shake the whole world. Ignorance might sometimes save you, but arrogance can make people hollow from inside.

29) If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.

The real meaning of understanding anything is the ability to explain the same to others. To test how much you understand, you can try to explain the same to a six-year-old. If it works, then you understood the concept well.

30) Whoever is careless with the small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

The real trustworthy are those who take care of every little thing, doesn’t matter how small the situation is. If they take care of minor things perfectly, they are trustable in important matters.

31) Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.

Peace is not in getting your point accepted by others or force them to follow your decision. Peace is when you negotiate with another person and find the midway out.

32) Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

The first step to achieve the impossible is to attempt absurdly, there is a huge chance of you fail, but believe me, this can teach you a lot of lessons and make you prepare for the next attempt.

33) The only real valuable thing is intuition.

The ability to understand something without any conscious reason is seen in many scientists and inventors. Not because they did lots of studies, but because of their creativity and imagination.

34) If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

This thing happens mostly in schools or universities, where many of the students pretend to be superior just because of the fear of punishment from their faculty members. Just by doing these, they aren’t gonna get the reward because they aren’t their real version.

35) A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.

The reason behind most of the happiest is the calmness and modesty shown in their life by living in the present. The people who lose their moment of getting happy with constant restlessness are the one who suffers a lot in future as well as got regretted losing their present time.

These were the Albert Einstein Quotes mentioned above which would give your way of thinking a proper direction in selecting the right path for yourself. These are the minor habits that can make our lives far better compared to the current scenario.

From Albert Einstein Quotes, we also get to know about his attitude towards his goals and discoveries. He was an optimist who believes in learning new things daily which lead to the formation of a better person. He never mixed up the education provided by schools with the intelligence in the human mind. He always encourages and gives priority to the creativity and imagination to invent various theories and discoveries.

As the conclusion of the Albert Einstein Quotes, the request to you is to kindly implement the quotes mentioned above which are told by Albert Einstein. These quotes can really make a difference and will help you in becoming a better person, who has a positive attitude about their aim and also be passionate about it.


5. Albert Einstein refreshed his brain by playing the violin.

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Whenever Einstein needed to relax, he turned to music. He started violin lessons at age 5 and, at around 17, impressed his teachers at cantonal school with his playing during a music exam. Around 1914, when Einstein lived in Berlin, he'd play sonatas with his friend and fellow theoretical physicist, Max Planck. And after he became famous, Einstein would play a handful benefit concerts alongside greats like Fritz Kreisler. "Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories," his second wife, Elsa, said. "He goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study." [PDF]


Little Known Things About Albert Einstein

We all know the name of Albert Einstein, the German-born physicist who gave us his famous theory of relativity, but what else do you know about the scientist who was voted Time magazine’s Man of the Century? Here are some facts you may not have known.

#1 — Einstein and His Violin
Einstein’s mother, who wa s a talented pianist, got him playing the violin at an early age, but Einstein hated it. It wasn’t until Einstein was 13-years old when he discovered he actually liked it after listening to Mozart. Einstein continued to play the violin for the rest of his life and even used it to help himself think over problems.

#2 — Einstein and School
Einstein took an entrance exam to gain admittance to the Federal Polytechnic Academy in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1895, and he was only 16 at the time when the other applicants were 18. While he did well in the math and physics parts of the test, he did poorly in the non-science areas, especially French. Einstein failed the test because of it and had to continue at his current school. He passed the entry exam after he took the test a second time.

#3 — Einstein’s Miracle Year
Einstein had a banner year in 1905. As he was working for a Swiss patent office, since he couldn’t get a job in academics at the time, he wrote four papers that turned the physics world upside down.

One paper explained how light could be particles. The second proved that atoms and molecules really did exist. The third was his special theory of relativity that explained that everything moves relative to everything else, and that time was not absolute. And in the fourth paper, he explained that energy and mass were related and not separate, as previously thought.

This is where his famous equation, E=mc², illustrated this thought, with E being kinetic energy, m being mass, and c being the constant speed of light squared. In 1915 he pulled everything together and produced his general theory of relativity after ten years of work.

#4 — Einstein’s Nobel Prize
Einstein won a Nobel Prize in 1921, but it wasn’t for his general theory of relativity. It was for his explanation of the photoelectric effect where Einstein theorized that light is composed of tiny particles called quanta. It was the first paper he had published in his magical year of 1905.

#5 — Einstein’s Marriage
While in Switzerland attending school at Zurich Polytechnic, Einstein fell for another student named Mileva Maric, the only woman in one of his physics classes. He didn’t have the money at the time to marry her, and in addition to that, his parents were firmly against his choice. The pair had an illegitimate daughter named Lieserl in 1902 after a trip to Lake Como in Italy, but there was little known about his first child since both Einstein and Maric kept it a secret.

Scholars only discovered her existence recently. It’s believed she might have died at an early age from scarlet fever or some other illness, or she may have been given up for adoption. No one knows for sure. Einstein finally married Maric in 1903 after getting together enough money to do so, and the couple had two more children Hans Albert and Eduard.

#6 — Einstein’s Divorce
Things were tumultuous in Einstein’s love life. Einstein wanted to divorce Maric in 1914 and offered her a deal if she would agree. He offered her the prize money from the Nobel Prize he was confident he would win from one of his 1905 papers. She agreed after thinking it over for a time, and the couple eventually divorced in 1919. Maric had to wait until 1922 for Einstein to make good on his promise when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

#7 — Einstein’s Second Marriage
After divorcing Maric, Einstein had a relationship with another woman named Elsa Loewanthal, whom he married in 1919. The strange part was, Loewanthal was his cousin. Elsa Loewanthal was related to Einstein on both sides of his family. Einstein’s father and Loewanthal’s father were cousins, and Einstein’s mother and Loewanthal’s mother were sisters. They had known each other since they were young, but the relationship didn’t begin until Loewanthal had married and then divorced her husband. Loweanthal passed away in 1936, and Einstein never married again.

#8 — Einstein Stays Put
Before the Nazis took power before the start of World War II, Einstein emigrated from Germany. He found a job in Princeton, New Jersey, and stayed there for the rest of his life. He never returned to Germany.

#9 — Einstein and the Bomb
Even though his famous equation, E=mc2, was essential in developing the atomic bomb, Einstein didn’t work on the Manhattan Project (the project that developed the atomic bomb in World War II). He didn’t receive security clearance by the U.S. Army based on his pacifist views. He did, however, write to President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the development of the atomic bomb because he didn’t want Germany to be first to succeed in developing it.

#10 — Einstein’s Look
Einstein had a trademark look that he was known for, and it was relatively sloppy in his later years. He had uncombed and wild hair and never wore socks because they would get holes in them, opting for sandals much of the time. He preferred a gray sweatshirt as opposed to wearing a suit or tie, which he didn’t care for.

#11 — Einstein and Sailing
Einstein loved to sail, but he wasn’t particularly apt at it. While spending his summers on Long Island in New York, people recalled fishing Einstein from the water or helping him get his boat back upright after he capsized it.

Einstein knew he wasn’t that great at sailing either, and named his boat, Tinef, which in Yiddish means “worthless.” In true Einstein fashion, he never learned to swim but kept sailing for most of his life.

#12 — Einstein and Smoking
Einstein really enjoyed smoking. He was often seen around Princeton as he puffed away on his briar pipe. He even accepted a life membership in the Montreal Pipe Smokers Club in 1950.

#13 — Einstein’s Offer
After Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, died in 1952, Einstein was offered the position to be the second president of Israel. He was 73 at the time and declined, saying he didn’t have the “natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people.”

#14 — Einstein’s Invention
Einstein invented a refrigerator with a former student which ran on compressed gases and did not require electricity to operate. It was patented in 1930 but was never produced because of the emergence of new technology in refrigeration, specifically freon systems. Einstein helped create the refrigerator because he had read a story about how a Berlin family had been killed because their sulfur dioxide refrigerator (the refrigerant used at the time) poisoned them.

#15 — Einstein’s Brain
Albert Einstein died in 1955 because of an aortic aneurysm, and per his wishes, his body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered. But before the cremation, a pathologist who was on-call at Princeton Hospital after his death named Thomas Harvey conducted an autopsy where he removed Einstein’s brain. Harvey didn’t put Einstein’s brain back, and instead, kept it to study. He never had permission to keep the brain.

Harvey convinced Einstein’s son, Hans Albert, to let him keep it. He tentatively agreed as long as the brain was used for scientific study, but later that agreement became disputed. Harvey quickly lost his job at Princeton and eventually lost his medical license because he refused to give back Einstein’s brain.

But things didn’t stop there. Harvey removed Einstein’s eyeballs and gave them to Henry Adams, Einstein’s eye doctor. They ended up in a safe deposit box in New York City, where they sit to this day. Harvey then had the brain cut by a technician into more than 200 pieces. Many of the slices were properly saved, but others ended up being put in jars that ended up in his basement.

Some of the pieces were sent to other researchers around the country for study, but Harvey never published any results from a study of Einstein’s brain. Finally, in 1998, he returned the brain to the pathologist at Princeton Hospital.

In 2012, two slides of Einstein’s brain that had been properly saved by Harvey made a trip across the Atlantic Ocean and went on display at the Wellcome Collection museum in London. They were on loan from the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, where they had been donated by a researcher who had received parts of the brain years before from Harvey. Who knows what Einstein would have thought about all of this.

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Here are 95 most inspiring Albert Einstein Quotes of all time:

1. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”– Albert Einstein

2. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein

3. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.” – Albert Einstein

4. “Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.” – Albert Einstein

5. “The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein

6. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

7. “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Quotes

9. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

10. “Human beings must have action and they will make it if they cannot find it.” – Albert Einstein

11. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

12. “If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.” – Albert Einstein Quotes

13. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

14. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

15. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

16. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein

17. “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

18. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

19. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein Quotes

20. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.” – Albert Einstein

21. “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” – Albert Einstein

22. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

23. “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein

24. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

25. “Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.” – Albert Einstein

26. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein

27. “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

28. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” – Albert Einstein

29. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

30. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

31. “Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

32. “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein

33. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”– Albert Einstein

34. “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein

35. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

36. “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.” – Albert Einstein

37. “Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” – Albert Einstein

38. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

39. “Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” – Albert Einstein

40. “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” – Albert Einstein

41. “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

42. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

43. “You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.” – Albert Einstein

44. “A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.” – Albert Einstein

45. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

46. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

47. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

48. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

49. “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.” – Albert Einstein

50. “The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.” – Albert Einstein


5 Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was such a prodigy that he began writing symphonies at age five, which our male readers may remember as the age when they still didn't understand the difference between poop and finger paint. Also he was the greatest composer ever.

When Mozart wasn't writing one of his 600 masterpieces he was writing letters to his female cousin, the contents of which were usually in a basic rhyme scheme and seriously screwed up. There are tons of snippets to choose from out there, but nothing quite sums up Mozart's dirtiness as well as when he told his cousin that he wanted to "shit on her nose" and watch it "drip down her chin."

He would also send letters to his own mother, who thought it was great fun and would often write him back in the same vein. Much like the above letter and the one running down a shrimp's back, this vein contained way more poop than you'd expect. One of his letters to his mom included the passage "Yesterday, though, we heard the king of farts/ It smelled as sweet as honey tarts/ While it wasn't in the strongest of voice/ It still came on as a powerful noise." Another ended with "I now wish you goodnight, shit in your bed with all your might, sleep with peace on your mind and try to kiss your own behind. [. ] Oh my ass burns like fire! What on earth is the meaning of this! ---- maybe muck wants to come out? yes, yes, muck. "

The same genius that wrote "Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor" also wrote a gem called "Lick My Ass," a classical party ballad meant to be sung by six people at a time, and followed it up with a sequel called "Lick My Ass Nice and Clean," the lyrics of which we have included below:

Lick my ass nicely,
lick it nice and clean,
nice and clean, lick my ass.
That's a greasy desire,
nicely buttered,
like the licking of roast meat, my daily activity.
Three will lick more than two,
come on, just try it,
and lick, lick, lick.
Everybody lick his own ass himself.

We figure it's only a matter of time until this song gets remixed by T-Pain.

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7.) “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

Nope. Not Einstein. This lovely little pearl of wisdom was written in 1973 by E. F. Schumacher in an essay entitled “Small is Beautiful.” The false attributions to Einstein started on the Internet in 1997, and a couple of years later in the British Medical Journal.

There are other quotes that have no discernable origin and are obvious products of the Internet meme era. It’s clear that they are not the fruit of the great mind of Albert Einstein, but it’s quite possible they were scribbled with crayon on construction paper.

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interactions.”

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.”

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”


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