Which famous scientist said "Imagination is more important than knowledge"?
In 1929, when a newspaper correspondent interviewed Albert Einstein about his thought process, Albert Einstein did not speak of careful reasoning and calculations.
He said: “I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am… [but] I would have been surprised if I had been wrong.
“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Einstein believed that imagination must play a larger role than knowledge. He stated that a massive amount of imagination is needed for a person to be creative. But, to obtain knowledge, it must be based upon a person's experiences. When Einstein looked at people, he wanted them to be more imaginative in developing and using ideas. The ideas would come from all the knowledge that they possessed. They must not accept the status quo. Einstein wanted everyone to challenge, question, and push the bounds of reason to obtain great accomplishments.