Whether true or not, Albert Einstein carries the mantle of having been “the smartest person to ever live.” As such, his views on the existence of God have been hotly debated. The man surely said countless things on the subject that could be interpreted a host of ways, but I came across a couple of quotes that caught my attention:
“What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.”
“The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who–in their grudge against traditional religion as the ‘opium of the masses’–cannot hear the music of the spheres.”
“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man.”
“Science can be created only by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion.”
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
Say what you will, the guy had a way not only with numbers, but also with words.