From the Scientific Point of View
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
"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, no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
"A human being is 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."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and
not everything that can be counted counts."
"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it."