Paul Ehrenfest quotes

  • Don't be impatient with me. Bear in mind that I hop around among all of you big beasts like a harmless and helpless frog who is afraid of being squashed.
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Mind #Frogs #Bears

  • A thesis has to be presentable... but don't attach too much importance to it. If you do succeed in the sciences, you will do later on better things and then it will be of little moment. If you don't succeed in the sciences, it doesn't matter at all.
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Success #Littles #Matter

  • Einstein, my upset stomach hates your theory [of General Relativity]—it almost hates you yourself! How am I to' provide for my students? What am I to answer to the philosophers?!!
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Hate #Upset #Answers

  • You will get your difficulties with the point electron.
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Difficulty #Electrons

  • Physics is simple, but subtle.
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Simple #Physics #Subtle

  • No two electrons in the same state? That is why atoms are so unnecessarily big, and why metal and stone are so bulky.
    -- Paul Ehrenfest

    #Two #Atoms #Stones

  • There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.

  • The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.

  • You cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.

  • It is to me a most affecting thing to hear myself prayed for, in particular as I do every day in the week, and disposes me to bear with more composure, some disagreeable circumstances that attend my situation.

  • Only a moral education based on free inner discipline can bring to bear a salutary action and lead to a true morality.

  • A man screaming is not a dancing bear. Life is not a spectacle.

  • Awake! thou that sleepest, arise from the dead! The Lord still lives today. His power has never abated. His Word has never changed. The things He did in Bible days, He still lives to do today. Not a burden is there He cannot bear nor a fetter He cannot break.

  • Without hope of reward Provide help to others. Bear suffering alone, And share your pleasures with beggars.

  • Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.

  • Writers obviously have to bear witness to the harsh face of the age.