Albert Einstein Creativity And Curiosity Tips To Ignite Your Imagination And Spark Brilliant Ideas

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He once remarked that when he examined himself and his methods of thought, he found that the gift of imagination had meant more than any talent for absorbing knowledge.

Albert Einstein creativity and curiosity tips

He added that all great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge.

Einstein was a strong believer in intuition and inspiration.

According to Einstein, he very rarely thought in words at all.

Albert Einstein Creativity And Curiosity Tips

Anyway, here is a great selection of Albert Einstein quotes on creativity, curiosity, intuition and being yourself.


“The greatest scientists are artists as well.” – Albert Einstein

(The Ultimate Quotable Einstein By Albert Einstein, On Science And Mathematics, P. 379)

(The quote in English is found in: Henderson Recalls Shaw, Einstein Association, Archival Call Number: 33-257, Henderson, Archibald (Author), 1955-08-21, Einstein Archives Online)

Note: From a remark by Einstein, as recalled by professor of Mathematics, Archibald Henderson, Durham Morning Herald, August 21, 1955.


“The origin of all technical achievements is the divine curiosity and the play instinct of the working and thinking researcher as well as the constructive fantasy of the technical inventor.” – Albert Einstein

“Der Urquell aller technischen Errungenschaften ist die göttliche Neugier und der Spieltrieb des bastelnden und grübelnden Forschers und nicht minder die konstruktive Phantasie des technischen Erfinders.” (German)

(Einstein’s Speech on Occasion Of The Opening Of The Radio Show In 1930, www.einstein-website.de)

(The quote in German is also found in: Neue Bahnen, Volume 42 By Johannes Meyer, Heinrich Scherer (1851- ed), Ewald Hiemann, Rudolf Schulze (ed), Feodor Lindemann, 1931, P. 536)

*You can hear the recorded speech in German here.)

Note: From Albert Einstein’s speech on the exhibition site at the radio tower in Berlin Charlottenburg, August 22 in 1930.


“Without creative personalities able to think and judge independently, the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.’ – Albert Einstein

“Ohne schöpferische, selbständig denkende und urtelende Persönlichkeiten ist eine Höherentwicklung der Gesellschaft ebensowenig denkbar wie die Entwicklung der einzelnen Persönlichkeit ohne den Nährbodender Gemeinschaft.” (German)

(Ideas And Opinions By Albert Einstein Based on Mein Weltbild, Edited By Carl Seelig, And Other Sources, New Translations And Revisions By Sonja Bargmann, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1954, Pt. I: Ideas And Opinions, Society And Personality, P. 14)

(The quote in German is found in: Mein Weltbild Von Albert Einstein, Herausgegeben Von Carl Seelig, Ullstein-Taschenbuch-Verlag 2005, I. Wie Ich Die Welt Sehe, Gemeinschaft Und Persönlichkeit, P. 12 )


“It is important to foster individuality, for only the individual can produce the new ideas.” – Albert Einstein

(Einstein: His Life and Universe By Walter Isaacson, Simon and Schuster, 2007, Ch. One, The Light-Beam Rider, Einstein’s Road to Relativity, P. 7)

(The quote in German is found in: Seit vielen Jahren habe ich Siegfr. Lehmanns Erziehungswerk beobachten können, Archival Call Number: 28-931, Lehmann, Siegfried (Mentioned In), 1952-03-30, Einstein Archives Online)

Note: From Einstein’s message for Ben Scheman dinner, March 1952.


“For everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

“Denn alles was wirklich gross und erhebend ist, wird vom Individuum geschaffen in freiem Streben.” (German)

(“Morals and Emotions” – commencement address at Swarthmore College, June 6, 1938 from Swarthmore Sesquicentennial)

(The quote is also found in: Out Of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher And Man Portrayed Through His Own Words By Albert Einstein, Open Road Media, 2011, Convictions And Beliefs, 7. Morals And Emotions(1938))

(The quote in German is found in: Commencement address, Swarthmore College, Archival Call Number: 29-83, 1938-06-06, Einstein Archives Online, P. 6)


“We have to learn to think in a new way.” – Albert Einstein

(The Russell-Einstein Manifesto Issued In London, 9 July 1955, P. 1)


“Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking…” – Albert Einstein

(What Life Means To Einstein: An Interview By George Sylvester Viereck, Our Intellectual Democracy, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, P. 113)


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

“Fantasie ist wichtiger als Wissen. Wissen ist begrenzt. Imagination umgibt die Welt.” (German)

(What Life Means To Einstein: An Interview By George Sylvester Viereck, The Measles Of Mankind, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, P. 117)


“…do not stop to think… about the reasons for what you are doing, about why you are questioning. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


“One is always seeing things without being sure that one does see them.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


“The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


“Don’t stop to marvel.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

“Das Schönste, was wir erleben können, ist das Geheimnisvolle. Es ist das Grundgefühl, das an der Wiege von wahrer Kunst und Wissenschaft steht. Wer es nicht kennt und sich nicht mehr wundern kann, der ist sozusagen tot und sein Auge erloschen.” (German)

(Living Philosophies, Contributed by Albert Einstein, AMS Press, 1979, P. 6)

(The quote is also found here.)

(The quote in German is found in: Mein Weltbild Von Albert Einstein, Herausgegeben Von Carl Seelig, Ullstein-Taschenbuch-Verlag 2005, I. Wie Ich Die Welt Sehe, P. 10)

(The quote in German is also found here.)


“…the causal way of interpreting things…merely answers the question,“Why?” but never the question “What for?” – Albert Einstein

“…die kausale Betrachtungsweise der Dinge…Diese Betrachtungsweise antwortet immer nur auf die Frage „Warum?“ aber nie auf die Frage „Wozu?“ (German)

(The Collected Papers Of Albert Einstein, Volume 9: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January 1919-April 1920 (English Translation Supplement), Translated By Ann Hentschel, Doc. 97, To Hedwig Born, Berlin, Sunday, 13 August 1919, P. 80)

(The quote in German is found in: The Collected Papers Of Albert Einstein, Volume 9: The Berlin Years: Correspondence January 1919-April 1920, Edited by Diana Kormos Buchwald, Robert Schulmann, József Illy, Daniel J. Kennefick, & Tilman Sauer, Doc. 97, To Hedwig Born, Berlin, Sonntag. 31 August 1919, P. 143)

Note: From the letter to Hedwig Born, August 31, 1919.


“I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” – Albert Einstein

(What Life Means To Einstein: An Interview By George Sylvester Viereck, The Measles Of Mankind, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, P. 117)


“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

“Ich habe keine besondere Begabung, sondern bin nur leidenschaftlich neugierig.” (German)

(Albert Einstein’s Life . . . Through His Writings, Life, Princeton University Press)

(The quote in German is found in: Albert Einstein: Leben Und Werk Eines Genies Unserer Zeit By Carl Seelig, Europa Verlag, 1960, P. 13)

(The quote in German is also found in: Besten Dank für Ihren Brief vom 6. März, Archival Call Number: 39-13, Seelig, Carl (Receiver), 1952-03-11, Einstein Archives Online)

Note: From what Einstein told his biographer, Carl Seelig, March 11, 1952.

Note: There is another similar quote:

“I am not more gifted than anybody else. I am just more curious than the average person, and I will not give up on a problem until I have found the proper solution.” – Albert Einstein

(The Private Albert Einstein By Peter A. Bucky, Albert Einstein, Allen G. Weakland, Edited By Allen G. Weakland, Andrews And McMeel, 1992, P. 29)


“I do not believe individuals possess any unique gifts. I only believe that there exists on one hand talent and on the other hand developed qualifications.” – Albert Einstein

(Einstein On Cosmic Religion And Other Opinions And Aphorisms By Albert Einstein, With An Appreciation By George Bernard Shaw, Courier Corporation, 2012, Miscellaneous, PP. 104-105)

(The quote is also found here.)


“A wonder of such nature I experienced as a child of 4 or 5 years, when my father showed me a compass. That this needle behaved in such a determined way did not fit into the nature of events…Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.” – Albert Einstein

“Ein Wunder solcher Art erlebte ich als Kind von 4 oder 5 Jahren, als mir mein Vater einen Kompass zeigte. Dass diese Nadel in so bestimmter Weise sich benahm, passte so gar nicht in die Art des Geschehens hinein…Da musste etwas hinter den Dingen sein, das tief verborgen war.” (German)

(Albert Einstein: Philosopher-scientist Edited And Translated By Paul Arthur Schilpp, Harper & Brothers, 1959, I. Einstein’s Autobiography, Albert Einstein: “Autobiographical Notes” (in German And English Translation), P. 9)

(The second part of the quote is found here.)

(The quote in German is found in: Albert Einstein: Philosopher-scientist Edited And Translated By Paul Arthur Schilpp, Harper & Brothers, 1959, I. Einstein’s Autobiography, Albert Einstein: “Autobiographical Notes” (in German And English Translation), P. 8)

(The second part is found here.)

(The third part is found here.)


“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

(Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, And Man Portrayed Through His Own Words By Albert Einstein, Open Road Media, 2011, Public Affair, 16. Science And Civilization (1933))

(The quote is also found here.)


“A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way… But… intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.” – Albert Einstein

“Eine neue Idee ergibt sich plötzlich und mehr oder weniger intuitiv. Aber Intuition ist nichts anderes als das Ergebnis früherer intellektueller Erfahrungen.” (German)

(Einstein: His Life and Universe By Walter Isaacson, Simon and Schuster, 2007, Ch. Six, Special Relativity 1905, Einstein’s Road to Relativity, P. 113)

Note: From the letter to Dr. Hirsch. Loeb Gordon, May 3, 1949.

(The quote in English is also found in: My opinion about the origin of new ideas and new understanding, Archival Call Number: 52-217, Gordon, Hirsch L. (Receiver), 1949-05-03, Einstein Archives Online)

(The quote in German is found in: The Innovators: Die Vordenker Der Digitalen Revolution von Ada Lovelace Bis Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson, Translated By Susanne Kuhlmann-Krieg, C. Bertelsmann Verlag, 2018, Mauchlys Besuch Bei Atanasoff)


“Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas; he must burst it open, and that in his youth, and so try to test his ideas on reality.” – Albert Einstein

(Einstein On Cosmic Religion And Other Opinions And Aphorisms By Albert Einstein, With An Appreciation By George Bernard Shaw, Courier Corporation, 2012, Miscellaneous, P. 104)

(The quote is also found here.)


“The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the State but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and full in feeling.” – Albert Einstein

“Als das eigentlich Wertvolle im menschlichen Getriebe, empfinde ich nicht den Staat, sondern das schöpferische und fühlende Individuum, die Persönlichkeit: sie Allein schafft das Edle und Sublime, während die Herde als solche stumpf im Denken und stumpf im Fühlen Bleibt.” (German)

(Ideas And Opinions By Albert Einstein, Based On Mein Weltbild, Edited By Carl Seelig, And Other Sources, New Translations And Revisions By Sonja Bargmann, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1954, Part I: Ideas And Opinions, About Friends, The World As I See it, P. 10)

(The quote is also found in: The World As I See It By Albert Einstein, General Press, 2018, Ch. 1, Part I: The World As I See it)

(The quote in German is found in: Mein Weltbild Von Albert Einstein, Herausgegeben Von Carl Seelig, Ullstein-Taschenbuch-Verlag 2005, I. Wie Ich Die Welt Sehe, P. 9)

(The quote in German is also found here and here.)

Note: Another English translation is:

“What is truly valuable in our bustle of life is not the nation, I should say, but the creative and impressionable individuality, the personality — he who produces the noble and sublime while the common herd remains dull in thought and insensible in feeling.” – Albert Einstein

(Einstein, Albert in Living Philosophies Simon and Schuster, New York 1931)

(This English translation is also found in: Living Philosophies, Contributed By Albert Einstein AMS Press, 1979, P. 5)


“Whether it be a work of art or a significant scientific achievement; that which is great and noble comes from the solitary personality.” – Albert Einstein

“Das Grosse und Edle kommt von der einsamen Persönlichkeit, sei es ein Kunstwerk oder eine bedeutende schöpferische wissenschaftliche Leistung.” (German)

(Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives Selected And Edited By Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann, Princeton University Press, 1981, P. 89)

(The quote in German is found in: Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives Selected And Edited By Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann, Princeton University Press, 1981, P. 154)

(The quote in German is also found in: Toleranz, Archival Call Number: 28-280, Einstein, Albert (Author), 1934-06-22, Einstein Archives Online)


“Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

(Death Of A Genius: His Fourth Dimension, Time Overtakes Einstein By William Miller, Life Magazine, Vol.38, No.18, May 2, 1955, P. 64)


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