Albert Einstein Quotes 191
Letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'
The position in which we are now is a very strange one which in general political life never happened. Namely, the thing that I refer to is this: To have security against atomic bombs and against the other biological weapons, we have to prevent war, for if we cannot prevent war every nation will use every means that is at their disposal; and in spite of all promises they make, they will do it. At the same time, so long as war is not prevented, all the governments of the nations have to prepare for war, and if you have to prepare for war, then you are in a state where you cannot abolish war. This is really the cornerstone of our situation. Now, I believe what we should try to bring about is the general conviction that the first thing you have to abolish is war at all costs, and every other point of view must be of secondary importance.
Address to the symposium "The Social Task of the Scientist in the Atomic Era" at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (17 November 1946).
Albert Einstein in a letter to his cousin and second wife Elsa.
Obituary for physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach, Physikalische Zeitschrift 17 (1916).
Poem by Einstein on Spinoza (1920).
On the Golden ratio. Letter sent to Le Corbusier (1946).
On the Christian maxim "Love thy enemy", in a letter to Michele Besso (6 January 1948).
This is usually paraphrased to: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."
(14 March 1879 - 18 April 1955) German-born Swiss-American physicist.