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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

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

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

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, ...
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Did Einstein say imagination is more important than knowledge?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about war & patriotism?

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 ...
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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

Albert Einstein According to Skeptic, Albert Einstein has already answered this himself, and apparently he said: "he had casually mentioned to some journalist that hardly any German intellectuals ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about war & patriotism?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about blind belief in authority being the "greatest enemy of the truth"?

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein has this quote: Blind obedience to authority is the greatest enemy of the truth. To Swiss teacher Jost Winteler, with whom he boarded while attending school in Aarau, ...
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Did Einstein comment on feeling the presence of Jesus while reading the Gospels?

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 ...
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Did Einstein ever remark on compound interest?

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 ...
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Was the theory of special relativity sparked by a dream about cows being electrocuted?

According to an article in Nature reviewing Magueijo's earlier book, the story is fictional: Faster Than the Speed of Light is a lively book that captures the excitement and frustrations of doing ...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about blind belief in authority being the "greatest enemy of the truth"?

Too long for a comment below Laurel's answer, so I'm posting this as a separate answer but I'm really amending Laurel's answer. The last part of the two stated versions is the same. For the first part,...
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Did Albert Einstein say "the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once"?

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 (...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

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 ...
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Einstein: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."

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 ...
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Did Albert Einstein say World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

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 ...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

The short answer is: probably no he didn't say this quote. There is no citation supporting this claim. Other unsourced variants: You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to ...
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Did Einstein reply "Ask Tesla" when asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this about his marriage?

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 ...
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Was Albert Einsten's wife, Mileva Marić, the co-author of the Theory of Relativity?

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 ...
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Did Einstein secretly swap roles with his driver?

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 ...
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Is this quote about the Bhagavad Gita properly attributed to Albert Einstein?

It's highly doubtful that that quote is authentic given Einstein's general views on traditional/organized religion: The word God, he says, is “nothing more than the expression and product of human ...
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Did Albert Einstein lose his Nobel Prize money on bonds that defaulted?

No. The Nobel Prize money went to his ex-wife Mileva Marić as part of their divorce settlement. See for example Mileva Marić (Wikipedia), and Dark Side of Einstein Emerges in His Letters (New York ...
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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

The statement was published well before being partially reprinted by Time in 1940. It was first published in 1934, for example in the La Crosse Tribune. The exact wording is by Rev. Dr. S. Parkes ...
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Did Einstein say this about philosopher Peter Deunov?

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 ...
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Did Einstein say this about philosopher Peter Deunov?

The searchable digital archives of Einstein's papers (which includes not just academic work but also letters, speeches etc) does not contain a document containing Danow (German spelling), Deunov, or ...
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