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Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955). Theoretical Physicist known popularly for his profound intelligence. Einstein is responsible for, among other things: The Theory of Relativity and The Photoelectric Effect, which revolutionized modern physics.

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Did Albert Einstein say that if he could live his life again, he would study the Talmud?

This BBC News article says: In his book, the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Talmud, Rabbi Aaron Parry says that when, shortly before his death, Einstein was asked what he would do differently if he ...
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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

The alleged quote would be: Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth... I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel great ...
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Was the theory of special relativity sparked by a dream about cows being electrocuted?

This biography of Einstein (exact page) asserts that, and narrates the dream in astonishing detail. The only chance of it being true is a direct testimony of Einstein himself, but I haven't found it.
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Did Einstein say this quote about blind belief in authority being the "greatest enemy of the truth"?

There is a quote/image circulating Facebook (please don't get me started on the source), quoting Einstein: Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth I would like to avoid getting into ...
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Did Albert Einstein lose his Nobel Prize money on bonds that defaulted?

In the book The Gone Fishin' Portfolio: Get Wise, Get Wealthy... and Get on With Your Life, by Alexander Green; the author states that "Einstein lost his investment capital—including his Nobel ...
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Is this quote about the Bhagavad Gita properly attributed to Albert Einstein?

The Bhagavad Gita is Hindu scripture. The blog of Sivana East claims that Albert Einstein said: When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so ...
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Did Einstein say this about philosopher Peter Deunov?

Multiple sources and books about Peter Deunov state that Albert Einstein said this: "The whole world bows to me, but I bow to the Master Peter Deunov of Bulgaria." I cannot find any context or ...
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Did Einstein say: "I'm doing just fine, considering that I have triumphantly survived Nazism and two wives"

The book "How to think like Einstein" (Isbn-13 978-1-4926-2627-5) has a number of quotes in it that are attributed to Albert Einstein On page 28 of that book, it claims "Einstein Thinking" "...
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Did Einstein reply "Ask Tesla" when asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive?

There is an alleged exchange where Albert Einstein was asked "How does it feel to be the smartest man alive?" to which he allegedly replied "ask Tesla". Did it really happen? Sources that make this ...
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Did Einstein say something about stress and idiots?

There is this quote floating around (got it via Facebook) attributed to Albert Einstein: „Der Hauptgrund für Stress ist der tägliche Kontakt mit Idioten.“ Which I would translate to: The main ...
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Is this quote correctly attributed to Einstein? “Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.”

Poor Albert Einstein gets attributed many quotes he never uttered. I have a feeling this is one of them, because I couldn't find a proper citation. Intelligence is not the ability to store ...
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Did Einstein say this about crisis?

There is an often quoted text allegedly by Einstein, about the way to confront and overcome a crisis: Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a ...
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Did Einstein say imagination is more important than knowledge?

I see lots of posters and pictures online of Einstein regarding the following quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire ...
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Was Albert Einsten's wife, Mileva Marić, the co-author of the Theory of Relativity?

This Tesla Society article is one of many websites claiming that some scientific discoveries attributed to Albert Einstein were in part or in full done by his first wife, Mileva Marić. There is ...
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Did Einstein say this about education?

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 ...
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Did Einstein comment on feeling the presence of Jesus while reading the Gospels?

Einstein is purported to have said the following quote: No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about war & patriotism?

Can this quote be correctly attributed to Albert Einstein? If so, can we have a source for it? He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a ...
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Did Einstein's brain weigh less than the average?

Many web-sites claim that Einstein's brain was smaller than average. For example, in this 2005 phys.org article: Einstein’s brain weighed only 1,230 grams, less than the average adult brain which ...
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Did Albert Einstein say World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones?

Did Albert Einstein say this about World Wars? I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones. or did he say this? I do not know what weapons the ...
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Did Albert Einstein never learn to drive?

Many websites make the claim that Albert Einstein never learned to drive. For example, this website claims: Did Albert Einstein have a car? Albert Einstein had no car of his own and he also never ...
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Did Albert Einstein say "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler"?

I was reading wikipedia page of Python, there I saw these lines: Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than ...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

I found a picture with a quote on facebook today quoting Einstein. The quote states: When we first got married, we made a pact. It was this:In our life together, it was decided I would make all of ...
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Did Einstein secretly swap roles with his driver?

I read somewhere online (probably Facebook, which I'm convinced it's false), that Albert Einstein and his driver shared a likeness, and his driver had attended all of his talks; to the point where ...
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Did Einstein speak some unknown last words to his nurse?

On various unreliable places on the web one can find the following tale (rendition below copied from here): Einstein refused surgery, saying: « I want to go when I want. It is insipid to prolong life ...
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Did Albert Einstein say "the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once"?

The quote The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. is attributed to Einstein with some regularity. (For example, Google returns 47,700 results, of which all except 5,...
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Did Einstein say "God plays dice with universe"? [closed]

I know what you thinking. You are thinking: "the correct sentence is "God does not play dice"", as in his letter to Born. However, in the What is Random? video of Vsauce channel, Michael says: ...
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Was Mahmoud Hessaby a student of Albert Einstein?

Various sites claim that Dr. Mahmoud Hessaby, a senator of the previous Iranian regime, was a student of Albert Einstein. For example: Hessaby was the sole Iranian student of Professor Albert ...
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Did Einstein ever remark on compound interest?

In personal finance articles I frequently find quotes injected to attribute some further relevance to one's position. Over the years, I've read Einstein quoted as saying that 'compound interest was ...
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Did Einstein write a brilliant discovery with coal? [closed]

My philosophy teacher told us this, that Albert Einstein in his late years was outside one day, and was suddenly struck by inspiration for something important (perhaps the unifying theory of physics, ...
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Einstein: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."

This quote is attributed to Einstein. Did he say it?
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Did Einstein talk about creating a new theory being like climbing a mountain?

Did Einstein say the following: Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, ...
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Was Einstein's riddle (the zebra puzzle) created by Albert Einstein?

I guess a lot of people have seen this riddle which is commonly attributed to Einstein. What is the true source of it and did Einstein have anything to do with it and the claim that only 2% of the ...
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Did Einstein say "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

The following quotation is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." However, I've been unable to ...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?
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Did Albert Einstein sleep 10-11 hours daily?

I heard many times that Albert Einstein needed a lot of sleep. For example, this BBC article claims that he typically needed eleven hours of sleep: People's sleep needs can differ significantly. At ...
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Was Einstein's brain physiologically different?

Einstein's brain has been the subject of much debate and speculation, because of his notable and exceptional contributions to our understanding of the universe. The claim exists that his brain may ...
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Did Einstein say the "if you judge a fish" quote that many are attributing to him?

The quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I'm just not confident that this is ...
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Did Einstein as a student debate with his professor about God and Evil?

There has been numerous videos online claiming that Einstein as a student had a debate with an atheist professor about God. I read the text version of this story in forums and via hearsay, but I just ...
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Was Einstein a poor student?

I've heard this repeatedly over the years, that Einstein was bad at math, that he was bad at history, that he was dyslexic. I also read somewhere in my youth that some of the " bad at math" stuff was ...
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