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Monday, October 27, 2008

Writing Quotes: The Wisdom of Albert Einstein

I'll admit it. I find Albert Einstein fascinating. This controversial genius's opinion was sought out for everything--science, religion, politics, love.  I won't pretend to understand all his scientific discoveries, but his wisdom, when taken from quotes, is quite something when you apply it to writing. 

Need help with setting up or resolving conflict?  Love?  Working on plot?  Character development?  Here are a few great Albert Einstein quotes to help jump start your writing day:

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Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
-Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
-Albert Einstein

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
-Albert Einstein

Truth is what stands the test of experience.
-Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
-Albert Einstein, (attributed)

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
-Albert Einstein, (attributed)

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.
-Albert Einstein, quoted in New York Times, March 19, 1940

9 comments:

Sara said...

What good words! I especially like "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." What a romantic...

Christine M said...

Great quotes!

PJ Hoover said...

Love the quotes, Vivian! I had no idea Einstein had so many great ones!

Vivian said...

P.J.,
Einstein has a slew of great quotes. Check them out sometime. Hope your book release party rocked! Can't wait to hear about it.

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Chris,
Thanks.

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Sara,
That is a great quote, isn't it?

beckylevine said...

"That's relativity"--LOL! Passing these on to my son. :)

Beth Kephart said...

So that is what truth is....

(I've been wondering for what feels like a century)

Barrie said...

Have you ever seen that Albert Einstein t-shirt....with the sticky-up hair that's glow in the dark? You'd love it!

Callipygia said...

down with mediocrity...I just always liked his cool hair! whee

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I might be getting some ideas for a Children's Book That Never Was...