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Quotes of the Day for 14 March 2004 – Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was born at Ulm, Germany on this day in 1879, a man of incredible genius and insight who couldn't tie his necktie so the ends came out even (he sometimes cut the offending end off). He needed a year of remedial math to get into college and the only job he could get after graduating was as a patent clerk, but a paper he wrote in his spare time earned him an unsolicited PhD. Here's a tiny selection of our Einstein quotes.

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The quotes:

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.

Curiosity is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.

If my theory of relativity is proven correct, 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.

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.

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

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to.
     - All from Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

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