He who joyfully marches 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.
I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it.
Propositions arrive at by purely means are completely empty of reality.
The ideals which have always shown before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty and truth.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.