Waxwork of Albert Einstein. Depositphotos.

10 Short Quotes by Albert Einstein That Show The Genius He Was

March 14, 2022 marks the 143 birthday of one of the most intelligent people to have ever waled the Earth, Albert Einstein.

March 14, 2022, marked the 143rd anniversary of the birth, in 1879, in Ulm (Germany) of Albert Einstein, one of the most recognizable physicists in history. 
Among his contributions is the development of relativity and the explanation of the photoelectric effect via quantum mechanics. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics.
But there is much more about Professor Einstein than the few words mentioned above.

How he became a rockstar scientist

Initially, the physics community ignored Einstein’s 1905 papers. However, the situation gradually changed after he gained the attention of just one physicist, Max Planck.

Max Planck was perhaps the most influential physicist of his generation.


After Planck’s glowing remarks and experiments confirmed his theories, Einstein began to rise in the academic ranks, lecturing at international conferences like the Solvay Conferences.

From 1913 to 1933, Einstein taught at increasingly prestigious institutions, including the University of Zürich, the University of Prague, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He served as director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institution for Physics from 1913 to 1933 (though its opening was delayed until 1917).


In addition, he pioneered a new scientific discipline known as cosmology. Dynamical expansion and contraction were predicted by his equations. In his effort to stabilize his model of the universe, he reluctantly introduced a cosmological term to counter the prevailing view that the universe was static. As a result of Edwin Hubble’s observations in 1929, Einstein’s earlier observations were proven to be true.

Einstein declared the cosmological constant his “greatest blunder” in 1930 while he visited the Mount Wilson Observatory near Los Angeles.

Data from satellites have recently revealed that the cosmological constant may not be zero but has a more profound impact on matter and energy within the universe than previously thought.


Apparently, according to some cosmologists, Einstein’s “blunder” determines the universe’s destiny.

Physicists who follow in Einstein’s footsteps have won Nobel Prizes for their work. Gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein, received a Nobel Prize in 1993. Scientists who discovered the Bose-Einstein condensate (a brand-new form of matter) were honored with a Nobel Prize in 1995. It is estimated that there are thousands of black holes in the universe today.


New generations of satellites have further checked the cosmology of Einstein. The ultimate aim of Einstein was to create a theory of everything, and physicists are trying to accomplish that goal.

A cartoon Illustration of Albert Einstein. Depositphotos.
A cartoon Illustration of Albert Einstein. Depositphotos.

His legacy through his quotes

“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” ― Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein

“You never fail until you stop trying.” ― Albert Einstein

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ― Albert Einstein

“Black holes are where God divided by zero.” ― Albert Einstein

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” ― Albert Einstein

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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