Albert Einstein about creativity and intuition
Albert Einstein, Strictly Scientist or Simply Intelligent Intuitive?
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Is one quote that gives you some insight into
the mind of Albert Einstein.
A few quotes by Einstein enlighten us on his belief in intuition and creativity as an aid to
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
"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."
Einstein used visualization techniques to arrive at some of his theories, including that of
relativity. On that occasion, he sat and visualized what the world would look like if you rode on a
beam of light through the universe. He often used visualization techniques as his preferred
method of discovery.
Einstein knew that his methods of deduction with the use of images was not acceptable and
chose initially to hide the facts. An important quote that shows you of Einstein's use of non-
traditional methods of discovery is as follows:
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
He knew that anything was possible and felt that there was no world you couldn't conquer with
the right techniques. When speaking on attaining information from a colleague he noted: "Now
he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us,
who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a
stubbornly persistent illusion."
Einstein was a genius in that he used more parts of his brain than those simply available for
rational thinking. He shunned traditional methods and often commented