Saturday, November 3, 2012

Albert Einstein's quotes on religion

"God does not play dice with the universe." - Albert Einstein
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein
"I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details." - Albert Einstein
"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God." - Albert Einstein 'The Human Side', 1954
"Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not." - Albert Einstein
"Strange is our situation here upon this earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose." - Albert Einstein
"There remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion." - Albert Einstein
"Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune intoned in the distance by an invisible player." - Albert Einstein
"Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me." - Albert Einstein
"Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe." - Albert Einstein
"I do not believe that the Good Lord plays dice." - Albert Einstein
"When the solution is simple, God is answering." - Albert Einstein

And last but not least my favorite, this applies to everybody, religious or not:

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." - Albert Einstein


  1. "Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
    I think it will become more and more apparent that Man is in a poor way and will continue on that path.
    Our modern view of religion is a criticism of how it controls people and takes their money and restricts free thought.
    I have come to think that religion came from desperation. A desperate attempt to control man's capacity for destruction.
    This attempt to control can be "good" or "bad"
    Different religions and different goals.
    In my opinion.
    I'm going to go work on a tractor now. Oh the random maliciousness of inanimate objects...

    1. " "...Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Part of a quote by Lord Acton of the late 18th century.
      Just look at the history of the major religions.
      Things change.
      That's what scares me about the multitude of laws being passed everyday with the current administration. Too much power to too few people and less to the general population.
      With that said, I should never discuss religion or politics. My foot doesn't get any smaller nor my mouth bigger.