Saturday, March 10, 2012

Albert Einstein on Education

There is too much education altogether, especially in American schools. The only rational way of educating is to be an example – if one can’t help it, a warning example. 

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.  

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

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.

I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year. 

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