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Albert Einstein



    True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

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    The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.

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    The only source of knowledge is experience.

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    It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

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    Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

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    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

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    It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

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    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

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    Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

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    The environment is everything that isn't me.

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    Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

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    Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

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    No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

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    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

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    He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

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    The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

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    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving

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

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    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

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    You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

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    Only a life lived for others is worth living

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    The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth

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    A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

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    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.

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    There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

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    Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

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    Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.

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    Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death

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    The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

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    It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.

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    Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.

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    If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.

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    In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

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    I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind

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    All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

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    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.

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    Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one

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    The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life

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    The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

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    If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.

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    Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people .

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    Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built upon the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received

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    We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.

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    The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.

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    If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough

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    My life is a simple thing that would interest no one. It is a known fact that I was born and that is all that is necessary.

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    Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me

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    Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

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    True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.

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    A person experiences life as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.

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    Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

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    I made one great mistake in my life-when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made but there was some justification-the danger that the Germans would make them.

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    I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

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    Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.

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    Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

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    Why does this applied science, which saves work and makes life easier, bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.

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    Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for every one, best both for the body and the mind.

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    One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have

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    Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

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    I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifest

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    From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.

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    So long as there are men there will be wars

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    A man's moral worth is not measured by what his religious beliefs are but rather by what emotional impulses he has received from Nature during his lifetime

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    When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.

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    What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism

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    If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants.

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    The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.

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    Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live

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    A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

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    The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.

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    How do I work? I grope

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    Stand still. The trees ahead and bush beside you are not lost.

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    This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion.

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    Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach

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    Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

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    one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science isescape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopelessdreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. Afinely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into theworld of objective perception and thought.

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    Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

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    Fortunate Newton, happy childhood of science. Nature to him was an open book. He stands before us strong, certain, and alone.

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    I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.

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    Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they cannot be stated and justified merely by reason, one can only answer: they exist in a healthy society

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    The world needs heroes and it's better they be harmless men like me than villains like Hitler.

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    Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

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    When I was still a rather precocious young man, I already realized most vividly the futility of the hopes and aspirations that most men pursue throughout their lives.

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    A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

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    The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know t

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    a brave man, whose only fault was being a woman.

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    If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.

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    Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms

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    An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society because under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information.

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    Know where to find the information and how to use it - That's the secret of success

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    It is nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

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    If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.

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    We have penetrated far less deeply into the regularities obtaining within the realm of living things, but deeply enough nevertheless to sense at least the rule of fixed necessity... what is still lacking here is a grasp of the connections of profound generality, but not a knowledge of order itself.

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    I dont know the weapons that will used in the Third Great War, but in the Forth Great War men will kill each other with stones and wood clubs.

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    People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.

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    One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.

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    The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

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    (Bias against the Negro) is the worst disease from which the society of our nation suffers

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    The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks

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    My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.

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    In every true searcher of Nature there is a kind of religious reverence, for he finds it impossible to imagine that he is the first to have thought out the exceedingly delicate threads that connect his perceptions

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    A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

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    The only justifiable purpose of political institutions is to ensure the unhindered development of the individual.

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    Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

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    But there is another reason for the high repute of mathematics: it is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.

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    It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.

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    My feeling is religious insofar as I am imbued with the consciousness of the insufficiency of the human mind to understand more deeply the harmony of the Universe which we try to formulate as "laws of nature

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

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    Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the ind

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    Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

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    In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them hither. Many take to science out of a joyful sense of superior intellectual power; science is their own special sport to which they look for vivid experience and the satisfaction of ambition; many others are to be found in the temple who have offered the products of their brains on this altar for purely utilitarian purposes. Were an angel of the Lord to come and drive all the people belonging to these two categories out of the temple, the assemblage would be seriously depleted, but there would still be some men, of both present and past times, left inside.

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    Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.

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    It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.

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    The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.

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    I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your v

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    The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Living Philosophies, 1931

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    Science is the century-old endeavour to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of exis

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    Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations.

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    Enjoying the joys of others and suffering with them - these are the best guides for man

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    We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.

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    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

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    love to travel, But hate to arrive

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

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    Thus the partial differential equation entered theoretical physics as a handmaid, but has gradually become mistress.

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    Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.

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    The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.

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    He who finds though that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear

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