That's not a quote. That's an embellishment of a quote from an interview where the interviewer was supplying the English phrasing he wanted to hear. Both "intuition/inspiration" and "imaginations/knowledge" were introduced by the interviewer with no context to indicate the precise meanings given to these words by Einstein. The article has scientific inaccuracies such as the shape of space. The article is near the beginning of Einstein's slide into irrelevance as he quixotically pursues a unified field theory that could never succeed because Einstein wasn't working with knowledge of the weak and strong nuclear forces. http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/what_life_means_to_einstein.pdf "What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck" Saturday Evening Post (26 October 1929) See p.117 (last page, first column) This quote lacks sufficient context to know exactly what Einstein meant, as opposed to merely quoting what he said, but in an earlier statement on the same page Einstein is quoted as pooh-poohing the notion that humanity progresses other than in "in organization" or that notable evolution would happen in less than "millions of years" so the embellishment is the antithesis of the Einstein portrayed in the article.