FACT CHECK: Did Albert Einstein Say, ‘Two Things Inspire Me To Awe – The Starry Heavens Above And The Moral Universe Within’?
A post shared on Facebook credits theoretical physicist Albert Einstein with saying, “Two things inspire me to awe – the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.”
There is no evidence that this expression originated with Einstein.
According to Calaprice, it is actually a variation of a saying from German philosopher Immanuel Kant. In his book “The Critique of Practical Reason,” Kant wrote, “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.”