18 Albert Einstein Quotes to Inspire Your Career

There are geniuses, and then there are geniuses whose names become a metaphor for being intellectually gifted. Albert Einstein is the latter. Although the Theory of Relativity made him famous, one could easily argue that it was his personality and charisma that made him such a beloved figure – although he spent much of his time “in intellectual solitude.”

Einstein was internationally famous, and notoriously recognizable, for many reasons. (Okay, so his hair, and just his look overall, might have had a lot to do with the recognizable part.) But, as much as E=MC2 meant to the scientific community, you don’t need much of scientific background to learn from Einstein’s wisdom.


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Take a look at a few of these quotes, and see if they don’t shed some light on your greatest professional challenges:

  1. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
  2. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
  3. “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”
  4. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
  5. “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
  6. “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.”
  7. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  8. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
  9. “If you can explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
  10. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
  11. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
  12. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
  13. “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
  14. “An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.”
  15. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
  16. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
  17. “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
  18. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

The quotes used for this piece were from Einstein’s page on BrainyQuote. For more information on Albert Einstein, check out his biography on NobelPrize.org or on the History.com site.

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