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Very unlikely. This is sometimes attributed to Einstein on his 50th Wedding anniversary Einstein was married twice: The first marriage was to Mileva Marić, from January 1903 until their divorce on 14 February 1919 - i.e. 16 years of marriage. The second marriage was to Elsa Löwenthal on 2 June 1919 until her death in December 1936 - i.e. 17 years of ...


156

There is certainly a quote within a purported interview with Einstein in which the phrase appears and is attributed to Einstein (see Morgoth's answer). As such, the claim can be considered one that existed during Einstein's life, and is not a posthumous invention. However, there may be reason to doubt the veracity of the quote. As this is regarding an ...


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It appears that Einstein did in fact say this on multiple occasions, but most notably in his 1931 book Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact, I would have been astonished had it turned out ...


106

The quote is really that of Garson Kanin as author of the 1974 book Hollywood: Stars and Starlets, Tycoons and Flesh-peddlers, Moviemakers and Moneymakers, Frauds and Geniuses, Hopefuls and Has-beens, Great Lovers and Sex Symbols, at page 181: A successful film is one on which most of the decisions have been correct; an unsuccessful film is the opposite. ...


100

Yes, roughly. This appears to be based upon a quote from his 1931 essay, Mein Weltbild (or "The World As I See It"), which was originally published in “Forum and Century,” vol. 84, pp. 193-194, the thirteenth in the Forum series, Living Philosophies. It is also included in Living Philosophies (pp. 3-7), New York: Simon Schuster, 1931.. Note that the sources ...


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My source is https://gedankenfrei.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/mein-weltbild-albert-einstein.pdf. The quoted paragraph is a composite of sentences taken from two places in the essay. This first is the source for all but the last sentence: He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by ...


61

Yes, he did. In 1929, George Sylvester Viereck interview Albert Einstein for The Saturday Evening Post: Transcribed as follows: Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Although, this quote is often used out of context to mislead ...


54

It's Unlikely that Einstein ever said this. The snopes page on this quote claims that the earliest reference to it is in a 1983 New York Times column: EINSTEIN REVISITED Asked once what the greatest invention of all times was, Albert Einstein is said to have replied, ''compound interest.'' His playful sense of humor and other aspects of his ...


53

Unable to determine veracity of quote. It pretty much depends on whether or not you believe a single man's claim about a personal conversation with Einstein. According to Quote Investigator, the origin of the quotation being attributed to Einstein is the book Gestalt Therapy Verbatim by Frederick S. Perls. As Albert Einstein once said to me: “Two things ...


50

It's more or less impossible to prove the negative, but unless someone can find the actual quote, I'm going to say No. Per Wikipedia, his first marriage ended in divorce after sixteen years, and his second marriage ended with him a widower after seventeen years. Neither one is a candidate for a successful marriage of anywhere near fifty years — even if he ...


40

The oldest confirmed use of any version of this quote that I was able to find is from Ray Cummings' short story The Time Professor, published in the Jan. 8, 1921 issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly (thanks to mgkrebbs for pointing this one out): "I do know what time is," Tubby declared. He paused. "Time," he added slowly -- "time is what keeps everything ...


36

Yes, he did. He was asked with which weapons the third world war would be fought. He answered - in German - with the following remark: Ich bin [mir] nicht sicher, mit welchen Waffen der dritte Weltkrieg ausgetragen wird, aber im vierten Weltkrieg werden sie mit Stöcken und Steinen kämpfen (from Calaprice, Alice (2005). The new quotable Einstein. ...


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This one is disputed, as wikiquote states. Searching through books you will find only four instances and it sounds possible that these might have been triggered by the first one. The search for the specific phrase "if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree" did not found any suggestion of other sources in the whole corpus of google books. If you ...


34

It was published as part of an interview with Einstein in the Saturday Evening Post of October 1929 by George Sylvester Viereck. Einstein did not write it himself. The interviewer quoted him, and wrote it down in English. Einstein presumably said it in German (his command of German being far superior to his command of English). The source for the quote is ...


29

The quote "An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid." is popularly attributed to Lord Rutherford of Nelson in as stated in Einstein, the Man and His Achievement By G. J. Whitrow, Dover Press 1973. Einstein is unlikely to have said it since his theory of relativity was very abstract and based on sophisticated ...


20

In his 1920 book My Second Country, political theorist and Francophile Robert Dell quotes Ernst Renan as saying: The only thing that gave me any conception of infinity was human stupidity. In 1915, five years before he published My Second Country, Dell had attributed that quote to a "great astronomer." It read: It isn't the stars that give me an ...


20

Highly unlikely, and even if it was said, it would have been sarcastic. Every source that I was able to find online is unsourced, apparently said in a private conversation. As a wise man once said Links on pinterest are unsourced and are commonly found alongside other image macros about conspiracy theories; most prominent are the Free Energy ...


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I don't think so. For example, W. Isaacson's biography, which is very well documented and covers a lot of his personal life, doesn't cite anything like that at all. Also, he had 2 marriages, each of less than 20 years of length (as cited by the other answers). I seriously doubt he said something like that about his first wife. He did not have a great ...


18

From Eric H. Chudler (University of Washington): There are 3 published scientific studies that have examined Einstein's brain. 1) On the brain of a scientist: Albert Einstein (1985) The scientists counted the number of neurons (nerve cells) and glial cells in four areas of Einstein's brain: area 9 of the cerebral cortex on the right and left ...


17

The short answer is: probably no he didn't say this quote. There is no citation supporting this claim. Another unsourced variants: You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. If you can't explain something to a six-year-old, you really don't understand it yourself. But if you open page 418 of Einstein: His ...


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No, it is unlikely to be true. Here is one version of the story There’s a story about how Dr. Albert Einstein was traveling to Universities in his car , delivering lectures on his theory of relativity. During one journey, the driver remarked ” Dr. Einstein, I have heard you deliver that lecture about 30 times. I know it by heart and bet I could give it ...


14

There's low probability that Marić made a significant contribution to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, let alone that she co-authored it with him. From Einstein from 'B' to 'Z' by John Stachel: In summary, the letters to Marić show Einstein referring to his studies, his ideas, his work on the electrodynamics of moving bodies over a dozen times (and ...


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The Ultimate Quotable Einstein is written Alice Calaprice, who has edited all 12 volumes of his Collected Papers, and who is Senior Editor and administrator of the Einstein Translation Project.1 And although the book has an entry for the Zebra Puzzle, the attribution reads: Supposedly, but not actually devised by Einstein as a child.2 http://www.amazon....


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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 ...


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Summary: Yes, he most likely did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has ...


9

Well, this is hardly definitive; however, I have not been able to find any quote that was attributed to Einstein concerning him sleeping 10-11 hours a day. Also, I have found no reference to it that gives any sort of citation as to where they arrived at that information. One example of this sort of behavior is the book Power Sleep. While it makes the ...


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According to The Ultimate Quotable Einstein, this quote is from a letter he sent to Jakob Ehrat in 1952. Following the citation to the Einstein Archive gets you to this link, although the letter itself is not available for the public to read: Ich habe mich sehr gefreut mit Deinem Brief, zumal ich aus demselben ersehe... (roughly, "I greatly enjoyed your ...


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The earliest citation I can find for this claim is that it came from a 2007 Bulgarian National Television interview with Andrei Griva, a disciple of Deunov. In that interview, Griva stated this statement could be heard in a radio interview with Einstein broadcast by Radiodiffusion française in 1989. (see comment #2 here, and this newspaper story confirming ...


6

Just to add two quotes that come close. In 2016, Peter Singer wrote: There is a view in some philosophical circles that anything that can be understood by people who have not studied philosophy is not profound enough to be worth saying. To the contrary, I suspect that whatever cannot be said clearly is probably not being thought clearly either. ...


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Quoteinvestigator conducted an extensive inquiry into this, and, in short, Einstein may have crafted this aphorism, but there is no direct evidence in his writings. He did express a similar idea in a lecture but not concisely.


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