I have read the following quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein:

The aim of education must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.

This sounds plausible, but there are many quotes that are misattributed to him; so did he actually say this?

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    Commented May 18, 2017 at 8:31

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Yes, he said this.

This line has been reworded from an address given by Einstein at the State University of New York at Albany on the 15th of October 1931, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of higher education in America.

On page 60 in Ideas And Opinions by Albert Einstein from 1954, the address and the quote are printed.

Here are excerpts from the speech.

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