Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
Jotted (in German) on the margins of a letter to him (1933).
I do not see any reason to assume that the heuristic significance of the principle of general relativity is restricted to gravitation and that the rest of physics can be dealt with separately on the basis of special relativity, with the hope that later on the whole may be fitted consistently into a general relativistic scheme. I do not think that such an attitude, although historically understandable, can be objectively justified. The comparative smallness of what we know today as gravitational effects is not a conclusive reason for ignoring the principle of general relativity in theoretical investigations of a fundamental character. In other words, I do not believe that it is justifiable to ask: What would physics look like without gravitation?
On the Generalised Theory of Gravitation
The universe would have expanded in a smooth way from a single point. As it expanded, it would have borrowed energy from the gravitational field, to create matter. As any economist could have predicted, the result of all that borrowing, was inflation. The universe expanded and borrowed at an ever-increasing rate. Fortunately, the debt of gravitational energy will not have to be repaid until the end of the universe.
The Beginning of Time
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The World As I See It
The Art of War
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Long Walk to Freedom
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