Why Did Albert Einstein Say Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge

Today I want to talk to you about Imagination. Why did Albert Einstein say Imagination is more Important than Knowledge? The answer, in my opinion, is kind of like that old saying; Which came first the chicken or the egg? 


"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." By Albert Einstein

It doesn't matter how much Knowledge you have without the use of Imagination it doesn't serve you. Before you use Knowledge to create something you have to imagine what it is you want to create first. Then you can gather the information you need to make that creation a reality.

Here is a list of a few other words used for Imagination

  • Visualization
  • Creative Thought
  • Vision
  • Creativity
  • Ingenuity
  • Day Dream
  • Envisioning
  • Intuition
The book that I would recommend reading on this topic would be  
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting
By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

When I was, a Little Boy Growing up

Now I don't know about you and how your life was but when I was a little boy growing up I lived with my mother three brothers and three sisters. My mom had to work to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, so needless to say we didn't have a lot of toys growing up.
What we did have though was Imagination. We made our on toys; they may not have been as pretty, but they worked just as well as any store bought ones. Another thing we had was we lived out in the Country, so we had plenty of woods to explore. We had Grape vines to swing on, trees to climb and we also built a tree house out of whatever we could find. 

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do." By Walt Disney

So our Imaginations kept us plenty busy. We made homemade bows and arrows, spears, slingshots, soap box cars, and even those stilts that you walk on. We might not have had all of the nice things that other kids had in school but all in all we had an excellent life, and I would not have traded it for anything. Imagination helped me become the person I am today.

Where did we go Wrong?

When I look at the kids growing up today, they have no Imagination. When my siblings and I were growing up, our mother usually had to yell at us at least twice to get us to come in from outside to eat supper. Most of the kids today you can't hardly get them to go outside to play.
If you take away all of their electronic toys, they would be either lost or bored to death which is something that I never was as a child growing up. 
I saw it happening with my two boys. (Shane and Nathaniel) All they wanted to do was play video games; watch tv. are get on the computer. Every time I tried to get them to go out and play all I heard out of them was it's too hot outside, or there is nothing to do.
Now I live out in the Country myself with about five acres of woods to play in and explore. So you can Imagine my disappointment in them. I decided to lay down the law with them. No video games, tv. or computer unless it is raining outside.
I started taking them outside and exploring the woods around the house and started teaching them how to make all of the toys my siblings, and I used to make, and they had a splendid time.
Then they started using their Imaginations and wanted to explore more they wanted to know all of the different kinds of plants and trees that grew around our house, and you can Imagine that made me very Ecstatic.

The Problem

The problem is we as parents always want to give our children the things we never had growing up. We want them to have a better life than we had. I am not saying that is a bad thing. But tell me; did we have it that bad growing up?
If you were anything like me, you learned responsibility, respect for yourself and other people, the value of a Dollar, how to work for what you want out of life, how to appreciate the things someone else gave you, and also, you learned to be independent and take care of yourself.
Now I don't know about you, but none of these things seem wrong to me at all. The young kids I see today don't appear to have any Respect for themselves or anyone else, and they sure don't seem to appreciate anything. They always want the next newest video gaming system on the planet and the most expensive clothes and shoes.
Maybe it is just me, but I am not spending my hard earned money on the most expensive clothes, shoes, or gaming systems especially when they will outgrow them in a month or two, and the gaming system they have works just fine.
I also see a lot of these kids today still in high school driving nicer vehicles than I drive, and I work for a living. What's up with that!
I had to work and buy my first car.
It cost me six hundred dollars and a lot of Imagination to figure out how to earn the money to buy it.
Which was a lot of hard work to come up with, and it sure wasn't anything special, but I worked for and earned it. Which in turn gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment. 
I think the problem is we have to work so much these days because of how much it costs to live. So we try to buy our children's Love because of feeling guilty were not around as much as we would like to be. But what they want is our attention and for us to spend time with them.

The Solution

In my opinion, we need to get back to the old ways and teach our children the Morals and Values we learned as kids growing up. The kids growing up today are supposed to take care of us in our golden years, but the majority of them cannot even take care of themselves.
We need to find a way to show them the attention they deserve because they will not be young forever. We need to teach them how to use their Imaginations to figure out a way to earn what they desire.
We also need to teach them how to be independent instead of depending on someone else for all of their wants and desires. They need to learn how to be responsible and the value of a dollar which is not very much these days.
Why did Albert Einstein say Imagination is more Important than Knowledge? Because without Imagination, there is no Creativity or the Desire to accomplish anything.

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere." By Carl Sagan




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Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)

18 thoughts on “Why Did Albert Einstein Say Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge”

  1. I grew up in a time where there was little technology, at least compared to now. It was still a time where many kids had video games and plenty of TV programs to watch. As a child since I had little access to internet and TV, as my dad was very controlling of many things, me and my siblings played outside in the summer. In the winter we would play games of our own invention inside and we had plenty of imaginative ideas. Unfortunately now living in the city in the winter time I never go out but I do not watch TV as much as many adults my age do. I believe there are limits and I use my time to do things which help my mind expand. In many ways the addiction to technology has halted imagination.

    1. HI, Jose,

      I appreciate your comment as well as your incite.

      Times have certainly changed with all of this technology and not all for the better I might add. I have no problem with some of these video games if the children play them in moderation. What I have a problem with is when parents use this technology as a babysitter to keep their children out of their hair and let them stay own these games all day long instead of being outside getting some exercise.

      And we wonder why our children are getting obese and have all of these health issues!

      We allow our children to sit around and do nothing but snack on junk foods instead of eating a healthy meal because they can’t seem to get off of the games long enough. These games are very addictive because I saw this stuff I am talking about happening to my own boys before I decided to do something about it.

      How many people do you see now days having an actual verbal conversation with someone else? That is when they are not distracted by their cell phones.
      Everything is about text messages!

      How many times have you had someone ask you a question, and when you get done answering it the person says what? Because just as soon as they asked you the question, they stuck their face back into their cell phone not paying you any attention?
      Then you have to repeat your answer that is if they even remember what they asked you in the first place!

      So yes Jose I agree with you when you said the addiction to technology has halted imagination in our children at least, so it seems. It looks like it has also put a stop to actual verbal conversations as well. LOL.

      Sincerely Dale

  2. I definitely agree with you regarding the lack of values and morals in today’s society, especially the youth. I feel that the cause of this deterioration in values is due to the glorification of instant gratification. If we want something, we can literally have it with a click of a button; there’s no sense of hard work and sacrifice.

    1. Hey Kenan, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your in site on the subject matter. Can you imagine what the children of these kids growing up today will be like when they reach adulthood? I shudder to think!

      You forgot one part, Kenan when you said If we want something, we can literally have it with a click of a button. The part you left out was; they can just whine to their parents until they buy it for them.

      The kids today seem to think they are entitled to something just because they want it.

      Sincerely Dale

  3. I can relate to every word you wrote. Like you, growing up we didn’t want to come inside.

    It was a moment of shame when I was playing with my friends and Mama called from two blocks over, “Gary, come home!” or worse, “Come get your bath!”

    When I was 13, my dad thought I was watching too much television and took the vacuum tubes out of the TV. I thought it was broken and didn’t learn what he had done until I was 55! It got me off the couch.

    I don’t have children of my own, but I do get to enjoy my girlfriend’s grandchildren. On a recent trip to the mountains with them, they spent a lot of time with tablet computers.

    1. Hey Gary,

      I am pleased my post brought back some old memories for you. Times have changed so much since you and I grew up and not all of it is for the better I might add.

      These kids growing up today would be totally lost without all of their electronic gadgets. If you mentioned a vacuum tube around them they wouldn’t have a clue as to what you where talking about. LOL.

      It is a shame when you get kids out in nature, and they spend all of their time with their faces stuck in a computer instead of enjoying the beauty all around them. SO SAD :

  4. Hi Dale,
    What an insightful post. I totally agree that imagination is more important than knowledge and I’ve seen that in my own children as well. I try to limit my children’s screen time but it’s difficult to maintain balance.
    Thanks for sharing this, and keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Ian,
      I want to thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am happy that you enjoyed my post, and hopefully, it gave you some ideas to share with your children so you can limit their screen time.

      I know it is hard to limit their time on screen especially when you are at work; this was the problem I had. The days I was off work though no matter how tired I was I got them outside and started teaching them that there is more to life.

      Best Wishes Ian!

      Sincerely Dale

  5. Hey Dale,

    I’ve noticed the utter lack of imagination in kids these days myself. Watching both my daughter and son grow up and the differences they have being 10 years apart, I definitely can see where you’re coming from.

    As someone that also grew up in the country, but with only one older brother by 10 years, I always found things to do…I was never “bored” as I hear my son say all too often when denied TV or video games.

    Growing up with an older brother, I learned how to make my own slingshot, a sword, and all kinds of fun things….yeah, I was a bit of a tomboy! I’d climb trees, build snow forts and occasionally have epic snowball or sword fights with the neighbor kids or my cousins if they came to visit. We’d find something to do and had tons of fun doing it!

    When I did have to go in the house at night, I’d entertain myself by drawing, painting, or reading a book. I rarely was allowed to watch much TV….plus, we didn’t have cable, so there wasn’t all that much to watch either, lol! We never got fancy toys, clothes, shoes, or things like that.

    I was taught that I had to work to get anything as well. There are so many kids nowadays that get everything they want…it just doesn’t work that way! They don’t learn the value in putting in an effort to achieve something at all that way.

    We also had animals there to keep us busy…dogs, cats, and even a couple of horses. I knew not every kid has that opportunity to have the animals we did, especially the horses. Knowing that, I was very grateful to have them! But, since my mom and I were the ones that wanted them, we took care of them together. That was another daily chore added, but I learned responsibility and time management by doing so.

    I truly had a great time as a kid and wouldn’t change it for the world!

    Excellent point, Dale…Nowadays, kids probably don’t get enough attention and time spent doing activities together with their parents. I know I’m guilty at times, and need to try harder to find things that would be a positive activity to do…going for a walk out in the woods is a great idea to start with Dale! I’ll give that a try and see what happens…we all need some exercise anyways.
    Keep up the great work, Dale!
    Best wishes ~Sherry

    1. Hey Sherry,

      It sounds to me like you had just as much fun as I did growing up and similar circumstances. Not all of the technology is bad, but it also is not all it is cracked up to be.

      We need to get back to teaching our children the morals and values we learned growing up. I always tried teaching my boys life lessons growing up instead of giving them everything they wanted; I made them earn it.


      Shane my oldest wanted one of those Android phones like all of the other kids at school had. I told him if he wanted one he would save up his allowance money to buy it himself because I wasn’t going to buy it for him, of course, he whined about it and said his friend’s parents bought them one, and it just wasn’t fair.

      So again I repeated myself and told him if you want it bad enough you will save up your money and buy it for yourself. So one day he came up with this bright idea and told me he knew how he was going to get the phone without having to save his money.

      I asked him how are you going to do that? He told me he was going to buy twenty dollars worth of lottery tickets and win enough money to get the phone. I said he wasn’t old enough to buy tickets, and you would be better off saving your money.

      I told him though if that was what he wanted to do with his money, and if he would tell me what kind he wanted, I would buy them for him. I bought them for him and wished him good luck.

      He was so excited when I gave him the tickets! And every time he won a dollar or two he would rub it in my face but when he finished he said I won ten dollars. I simply looked at him and said it seems like you had twenty dollars before and now you only have ten so did you win or lose ten dollars.

      Shane then told me he wanted to buy ten more chances, so I said ok what kind do you want, and I will buy them for you. He thought about it for a little while and finally said I think I will just keep my money. I then looked at him and said. Now that is a very smart idea son.

      The Moral of this Story

      We need to teach our children, How To Think Not What To Think.

      We as parents keep trying to give our kids a better life than what we had by giving them all of the things we didn’t have growing up. But buying them materialistic things isn’t the answer. When all they really want is our love, affection, and some attention.

      Spend time with them and teach them about the things you used to do growing up.

      Thank you, Sherry, for sharing a part of your childhood and for the comments.

      Warmest Wishes


  6. Hi Dale!

    I think imagination is priceless enough to "play hard to get".  It's a natural human talent, but it will only unfold, in my opinion, if a human being has to strive for something, using effort and developing skills…

    This causes a situation where we desire something that is not already there, in front of us, but wants seeking for, working for…

    It reminds me very much of training a muscle….

    The muscle of imagination is an achievement one can be proud of….

    Thanks for raising awareness about this point, and getting your readers to think about it!



    1. Thank you Therese,
      I appreciate your comments. Imagination seems to be something that is being lost on this younger generation. Technology is great, and all but you still need Imagination to create it.
      Thanks Dale


  7. I think this was well written I loved the way you used your childhood experiences and comparing your boys now. Life has changed so much sense we were little I think you made a great point!

    1. Hey Teri,

      I really appreciate the kind compliments. Yes, life has changed so much since we where young and I might add not all of it is for the better.

  8. Hi Dale,

    Your assumption that this pronunciation of Einstein is to compare with the egg and the chicken is in my view totally incorrect. The pronunciation of Einstein says that the one is correct is more important than the other. While at the egg and the chicken there is that they both are equally important but we do not know in what order.

    With al the best regards, Arnold.

    1. Hi Arnold,

      You make a valid point. Both Imagination and Knowledge are Important. As well as the chicken and the egg. I don’t want to discuss religious beliefs but in my Faith, the chicken came first.
      I appreciate your comment as well as your feedback.

      Thanks Dale

  9. Interesting thinking indeed. Your experience with your boys resonates a lot with what I had at my side. The issue at my side is the way of life. I grew up in a village and my daughters in the city. Impossible to compare. But this is the reality, the life is changing dramatically. There are advantages in their way of life. They are used to use technology. When I get a gadget I read instructions, they take it and use.

    You are right about feeling guilty because we were not enough with them to watch them growing. If only I could have yet another chance…

    1. Thanks Jovo, You are absolutely right, these kids today can take something electronic and use it so easy. I’m like you I have to read the instructions and still can’t figure it out half the time so I have to get my boys to help me with it.

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