"Two things are infinite: the Universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the Universe."
Some of my favorite quotes:
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
"I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
"Morality is contraband in war."
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man."
" First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
"Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man."
"Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit."
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
"We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders."