20 Einstein Quotes Every Student Should Know

April 25, 2014 Updated: January 18, 2016

When school gets tough, you may want to stop and give yourself a moment of solace by reflecting on some quotes by one of the greatest minds we’ve ever known—Albert Einstein. You never know, you might find the inspiration you need to get through the crunch.


1. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

2. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

3. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

4. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

5. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

6. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

7. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

8. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

9. The only source of knowledge is experience.

10. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

11. When the solution is simple, God is answering.

12. The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

13. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

14. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

15. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

16. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

17. The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

18. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

19. Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.

20. I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.


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