24 August 2007

Einstein on politics 3

"Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that

tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels."

“As long as armies exist, any serious conflict will lead to war.”

“It is characteristic of the military mentality that non-human factors are held essential, while the human being, his desires and thoughts, are considered as unimportant and secondary.”

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”

“To concentrate on the problems and aspirations which all thinking men share creates a sense of comradeship that is eventually bound to reunite scholars and artists of all nations.”

“Warfare cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished.”

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service."

“A large part of history is replete with the struggle for human rights, an eternal struggle in which final victory can never be won. But to tire in that struggle would mean the ruin of society.”

“Only understanding for our neighbors, justice in our dealings, and willingness to help our fellow men can give human society permanence and assure security for the individual.”

“We scientists, whose tragic destination has been to help in making the methods of annihilation more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing these weapons from being used for the brutal purpose for which they were invented. What task could possibly be more important to us? What social aim could be closer to our hearts?”

“Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust; we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”