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Feb 14 Coach Albert Einstein's Best Quotes

Feb. 14, 2014, 12:23 p.m. (ET)

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I love to read and learn from people much smarter than me. Dr. Daniel Kahnemann, Jon Brockman (visit the www.edge.org often and you will be thankful even if your head spins at times), John Wooden, and Albert Einstein are examples.  Below is my current list of quotes attributed to Mr. E=Mc2 which made me want to be coached by him in anything….and that he worked for so many years at Princeton means I got to meet him as an impersonator on a train from seeing Cody play last season…fun…

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

I never teach my pupils, I only provide them the conditions in which they can learn.

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

The only source of knowledge is experience.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work

Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I think Coach Einstein would have been a very good volleyball coach, given what insights he shares in these quotes...as they all apply on so many levels, relatively speaking or not. Of course, there are two sideouts to every story….thanks to the old school volleyball crowd. Let us know how we can help you grow the game together.

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