He won the Nobel Prize in physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.The state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.The concentration camps make the actions of Ghengis Khan look like child's play. 65: "I don't like to implant in youth the Church's doctrine of a personal God, because that Church has behaved so inhumanely in the past 2000 years. Consider the hate the Church manifested against the Jews and then against the Muslims, the Crusades with their crimes, the burning stakes of the Inquisition, the tacit consent of Hitler's actions while the Jews and the Poles dug their own graves and were slaughtered. The truly religious man has no fear of life and no fear of death—and certainly no blind faith; his faith must be in his conscience. It would have been fine if the spirit of religion had guided the Church; instead, the Church determined the spirit of religion.
Some quotes are from The New Quotable Einstein (2005) edited by Alice Calaprice, pp.
120-121, others from Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein (1954), where they appear in the section "Aphorisms for Leo Baeck." Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life.
William Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man (1983).
From a series of meetings Hermanns had with Einstein in 1930, 1943, 1948, and 1954, during which he took notes on what Einstein said (though it's unclear if he recorded the exact phrasing or filled in words from memory).
Man, too, is more than flesh and blood; otherwise, no religions would have been possible.
Behind each cause is still another cause; the end or the beginning of all causes has yet to be found.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist who published the special and general theories of relativity and contributed in other areas of physics.
Science, Philosophy and Religion, A Symposium, published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York (1941); later published in Out of My Later Years (1950) Full text online A religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation.
They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself.
Another person present at the 1954 conversation offered his own slightly different transcription of Einstein's comments, which was published in the article "Death of a Genius" from the 2 May, 1955 issue of Life Magazine. We live now in a scientific age and in a psychological age. You know what the Herdenmenschen (men of herd mentality) can do when they are organized and have a leader, especially if he is a spokesmen for the Church.