Favorite Quotes by Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein -  1921 Nobel Prize - Physics
Albert Einstein - 1921 Nobel Prize - Physics

The Man Behind The Quotations

Born March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, Albert Einstein became an independent scholar of physics after his formal education. In the early 1900s he developed the special and general theories of relativity. He went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein is still generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

More Than E=MC2

1) "There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle."

Nobody's perfect, as you will find out if you read other biographies. Albert Einstein had his faults, as do we all. You cannot help but marvel at the profound wisdom of the above quotation. It is a choice, and one that has the power of great inspiration. How are you choosing?

2) "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

We know this yet over and over again we get stuck in our decision making habits. We hold onto our familial, cultural, environmental or educational conditioning that brings us to the point in life where we must change our way of thinking or we are doomed to repeating our failures leading only to misery.

3) "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Perhaps for me the single most important lesson in my life was to learn and acknowledge that I wasn't special; I wasn't different; I was and am connected not only to a world, but also a universe. When I permit my ego to see me as separate, I have lost my connection to the universal truth of oneness and it weakens me. I have effectively separated my self from the source of all being? I then have much less to offer my fellow man.

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

One of my favorite professions is teaching. No, I'm not a teacher, at least in the traditional sense. But I hold a great admiration for those who not only love to teach, but love to impart the art and science of learning in such a way as to make the student think it was their idea in the first place. As a child, and in many cases since then, teachers have been remembered with greater esteem than politicians, businessmen and other professionals, simply because of the impact in our lives. Who doesn't remember their first grade teacher or the high school teacher who encouraged to do something no one else thought you could? I do! Thank you Mrs. Smith and Mr. Grandizio!

5) "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

Who says Genius' don't have a sense of humor? If it weren't for time, according to this quote, the comedy of circumstances that I call my life would more resemble the big bang theory. Oh how that would have changed my religion! How about you? Imagine all of your life events happening at the same time! Hysterical, yes? Okay, maybe not, but you get the point.

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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I've never taken the time to learn much about Einstein, so I appreciate you sharing this information.

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

L.L, you are very welcome! In fact, my pleasure. I really didn't know much about him either but, he's always fascinated me and the more I read, the more fascinated I became.

Thanks for the read!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Oh my goodness, I never realised the full extent of Einstein's wisdom - way beyond physics. Every one of these quotes is a revelation, and no.3 particularly stands out for me. This illusion he speaks of certainly is a prison, devoid of love, limiting those who are trapped there to live a loveless, narrow existence. How do I know - I've been in this prison!! Thanks for sharing this awesome hub, and if you don't mind I would like to share it further with my followers. My votes to you B2C2011.

Please tell me about this widget, if I copy it into my blog what will it do? Is it like a link, or something else. Sorry for my ignorance.


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

Hi, it's wonderful you've put this hub together. Although I know basic information about Einstein, I have never given a deeper thought to his work and quotes. So thank you very much for presenting this to us.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

He was one of my favorites. Great job of spotlighting a great human being. I got 80% on the quiz and feel okay with that; it is much too early in the morning to be worried about acing a test. :) Have a great day my friend.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

@ Katrine

Thanks for the comment! I too knew only superficial info about this complex man. Come to think of it, how much do we really know about anyone?

You are certainly welcome for the presentation. I enjoyed it and will do more as I used only a portion of his quotations that piqued my interest in him.

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@Billybuc

Just curious Billy, does the quiz let you know which one you missed? I guess I could take it but I'd have to intentionally miss one and that would screw with my ego that is already to big for its britches! LOL

Thanks for your support. Coming from the king of feedback, it means a lot. (Not kidding there, you've done an amazing job. One that is worthy of emulation and the best thing is it's largely organic!)

Thanks, my friend!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You mean I'm not the only one who battles ego? What a shock! No, I have no idea which question I missed but for now I can live with that....for now! :) You are very welcome my friend...may I make a request? May I know your first name so I don't have to type out born2care each time? Thanks!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great quotes by Einstein. We can learn alot from his wisdom and knowledge. Every century we are blessed with someone great of genius stature.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Billy,

Yep! We're two of a kind! My name is Bruce. You can call me anything you want, except "Late for Dinner," of course. After all, I'm still looking up to you on the HubPages food chain!LOL

@suzzettenaples,

Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting. That means a lot to me. It's true that we are blessed and so often we fail to give them the credit due.

Come back again!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I will indeed, Bruce, and call me Bill from now on.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Excellent quotes by Einstein and wonderful hub by you, Born2care2001! I am bookmarking for inspiration and remembrance. Voted up, up and away!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Dex,

Coming from a seasoned pro, that means a lot. I especially like the comment on your profile about "haters" not being welcome here! My sentiments exactly!

Thanks for the read and the comment!

Bruce


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molometer 4 years ago

He has been my hero for as long as I can remember. Great hub to a great human being.

Voted up interesting and sharing this.


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

The REAL extraordinary human beings display universal humility. Your hub puts the human pulse of genius and gentleness.


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grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

Wonderful hub! I thought that I had seen all of Einstein's quotes and I was wrong! I love the quote about the supreme art of the teacher; if that is all we ever did as teachers, we would be creating a brighter world. I'm bookmarking! Thanks and keep writing!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi grinnin1!

Teachers are my favorite people, at least the ones that really love what they do. You know, passion, living it! Just like Einstein...and you?

Thanks for the comment,

Bruce


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Interesting and inspiring quotes. Thanks for sharing.


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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

wonderful quotes and i salute to albert einstein. Without him, there will be no maths and equations.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks for the read and comment peachpurple!

Today Einstein tomorrow Pythagoras!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I love his wisdom thank you for reminding me!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank You Angela!

What strikes me is he was not a man without issues, yet he carried on in spite of them. There's just something about moving forward that counts!

Thanks for reading and supporting my hubs!

I greatly appreciate it!

Bruce


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

You are so welcome. This was a wonderful hub. I admire him greatly as well.. If you see the obsticals you have lost sight of the goal.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Interesting and informative hub. I never thought that Einstein was born not so far from where I live. Thanks for sharing.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Thelma!

Thanks for reading and commenting! Is there an Einstein museum there? That would be a great field trip!

Come back soon!

Bruce


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Wonderful quotes - so wize! Thanks for an illuminating hub!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Yes, He's one of my personal favorites!

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

hahaha yahuuu!!! i scored 100%!

love the quotes and love the explanation. explains it all.. thanks!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yes, there is an Einstein Museum in Ulm, his birthplace and another one in Berlin. I think the one in Berlin is bigger than in Ulm. I have not been there yet, so I can´t tell. As what I know, Einstein was still a baby when he and his parents left Ulm and spent his youth in Munich. A field trip in Berlin would be grand as there are a lot of historical places like the "Wall" that separates the east and the west of Germany before the reunion, you can visit besides Einstein Museum.


stessily 4 years ago

born2care, It's informative that you present quotes from Albert Einstein and then elaborate with personal applications and insights. I remember an acquaintance telling me in 1999 that he thought that Henry Ford or Thomas Edison would be selected by Time magazine as "Person of the Century" for the 20th century; Albert Einstein seemed to me to be the undeniable choice, and so I was pleased to see that genius' iconic face on Time's cover for December 31, 1999 as Person of the Century. He has left an indelible impression in so many disciplines, not just in physics. His prescient observations continue to give good guidance. My three favorite quotations from this genius are

1) "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions"

2) "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once"

and

3) “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.”

Very nice tribute. Shared.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Born2care2001, and what an exceptional hub this one is. I didn't kow Einstein had to many quotes. You did a fine job in bringing this aspect of his to light.

Voted up

John


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Stessily!

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing the hub and your favorite Einstein quotes. They're great!

Both Ford and Edison would have been excellent choices but, if you won't mind the pun and the double entendre I think Einstein was "Timeless!"

I am truly grateful for your time and thoughts!

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi John!

People generally, only think of Einstein in connection with his Theory of Relativity. He was esteemed as a physicist and as a man of great wisdom in many other areas.

I'm grateful for his contribution...and for yours too!!!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

This is an encouraging hub thank you, socially shared and voted up and awesome.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi KimberlyLake!

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. If I were voting, I'd vote Einstein up too! LOL

Gratefully,

Bruce


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Thank you so much for sharing these!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Sharing them is my pleasure Modern Lady! He was a significant force in his time and he made a significant dent in ours!

Thanks for reading and commenting!!!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great idea for a hub! My favorite all-time quote by anyone is by Einstein: Never argue with an artist. I think it is amazing of all people, Einstein knew this to be true! He started out reviewing patent applications. He must have learned this truth the hard way.


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slackermom 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

Very nice hub. These quotes will certainly put you in a positive state of mind. I feel inspired by both the quotes and your insightful commentary for each. I am now looking forward to the rest of the day. Voted up and awesome.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Kathleen and thank you for reading this hub and for commenting!

Einstein was truly amazing! The testament to that is that we are still learning from him. If I could write my own epitaph I would like it to say, "Still encouraging you to choose" and the choice to learn and do is always ours.

There was more to Einstein than met the eye!

Thanks Kathleen for the support and for your authorship here on hubpages!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi slackermom!

Thank you Lisa for the comment and Welcome to HubPages! I am grateful for your investment of time in me and in this hub. There is a fabulous community of writers here and you have entered a magical world that will help fulfill your writing dreams!

If I can be of service in any way please feel free to ask...anyone. Almost everyone I have come into contact with here on hubpages has been a part of my development and I choose to do the same!

I hope this hub brought a smile and a couple of things to dwell upon for a while. I also hope it turns out to be a really fantastic day for you and for yours!!!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Bruce -- I have always loved and copied down quotes; I find Einstein to be an interesting and admirable man (altho flawed, as we all are); I enjoy taking quizzes and surveys; I enjoy your writing style and philosophical commentary.

So...four for four! Great hub. Sharing. ~~ Theresa


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point2make 4 years ago

I enjoyed your hub. Albert Einstein was an amazing person. His persona has become part of our culture. Nearly everyone has heard of Einstein. We don't all "understand" his theories but most of us are aware of them just the same. He made his mark on human history, perhaps, unlike any other. Voted up.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hellloooooo Professor!

Hi Theresa! I really enjoy quotes as well. Einstein's are the bomb! (Oops! He might not appreciate that pun) You know me all too well now. I hope this semester is going well for you and for your students.

May peace be with you and I want you to know that I greatly appreciate your support for my writing.

In the coming months you will see how important that support was to me.

Thanks for being who you are and for doing what you were called to do!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Welcome point2make!

I send out my gratitude for reading and commenting on this hub about a pretty incredible human being. I have to say though, from my perspective you are just as incredible! We are all unique, gifted and human! Great grounds to be walking on, eh? Now, if we can only have our work last for a hundred years too! LOL

Thanks for stopping by and I sincerely hope you will return.

Bruce


Justsilvie 4 years ago

Great Hub! Einstein is number one on my people I admire list. Really enjoyed the quotes and the quiz and learned something new about him. Never realized he was asked to be president of Israel!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Justsilvie!

Welcome to my hubpage! Mr. Einstein was an amazing human being who continues to influence our lives and probably will for a long, long time. Glad you enjoyed it and learned something new!

Please come by again!

Bruce


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Lovely hub. Einstein really was a genius, not just a scientific genius either. My two favorite quotes of his are: 1) Two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. 2) Imagination is more important than knowledge.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Crystal!

As you can see I love writing about people as well. though not a professional as yourself, I simply value the opportunity to express what is given to me by a power so much greater than me!

I am grateful for your interest and comments on this hub. I'll visit your hubs soon.

Thankfully,

Bruce


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Some of these quotes from my favorite scientist are new to me. My favorite one of his is "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Alocsin!

Coming from a man of your journalistic stature, that's saying something. I appreciate the read, the comment and the support!

Bruce


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Good Hub on Albert Einstein. I had read a few books about this genius. They brought this Scientist into the war who believed in God to create the Atomic Bomb. He was torn inside about his work and what the result would be. He had such a great humor and wonderful personality. Thumbs Up - Useful, Awesome and Interesting.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Deb!

He was and is one of my favorites just because he lived his life fully! He did regret his association with the a-bomb.He gave us so many great ideas, but his inspiration for me is about imagination! He treasured it!

Thanks for the read and the comment!

I am grateful!

Bruce


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thanks Deb!

He was and is one of my favorites just because he lived his life fully! He did regret his association with the a-bomb.He gave us so many great ideas, but his inspiration for me is about imagination! He treasured it!

Thanks for the read and the comment!

I am grateful!

Bruce


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I love this! I love how you took the quotes and explained them from your perspective. I am very familiar with the first 3, and have used the first 2 in articles. I hadn't heard 4 and 5 before but they are also great.

Thanks for this.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Melovy!

I'm reading some of his essays now and I just can't get over his incredible genius! The remarkable thing about human life is that we all have this capability in us. We may not all choose to use it or display it, but it's there! Glad you chose to show your genius in your writing! I really enjoy your work!

Thanks,

Bruce


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I like these quotes, and most of them ring true--except the first. For me, there is a halfway point; some things you may consider 'miracles,' most are not. I don't think everything is so cut-and-dried; black-and-white. There are always gray areas and middle grounds.

#2 is also often stated as, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." It's too bad more people don't pay attention to this vital lesson, especially where wars are concerned!

#3 is true, for sure. We are all a part of the greater cosmos/universe, and as such, we each have power from that source.

#4: Yes! To my way of thinking, a teacher who gives a lot of poor grades to his/her students is actually grading his/her own performance as a teacher!

#5 Yes--a wry comedic bit, this one. So funny. Imagine a parallel universe where things did work that way!

I can't resist adding my very favorite quote of his, though:

"You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war."

This was most interesting. Voted up!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you DzyMsLizzy!

I am so grateful that offered you perspective. Imagine if Einstein weren't courageous or comfortable enough to express his views! I have always enjoyed the banter here on Hubpages and view it as a privilege which I take seriously and gratefully at the same time!

Thank you for reading and for commenting!

Bruce


ElleBee 4 years ago

I love quotes, and Einstein is definitely a great person to share them from. I can't decide which is my favorite, they're all so different and would be useful in different situations in my life. Thanks for sharing.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Your welcome ElleBee!

Einsteins quotes have substance, to say the least. He wasn't a perfect man, but oh boy, what a mind! When I think and speak of great thinkers I always have to include him. I encourage young men to emulate his passion for imagination, which I believe is one of the primary keys to success, however you define that!

Thanks for the read and the comment! Come back soon, okay?

Bruce


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RobinGrosswirth23 4 years ago from New York

Bruce, you were a recommendation from Bill and a good one.

That said, Einstein had many obstacles along the way to success. He and his theories were not embraced. He lost positions and he wasn't respected for quite some time, yet, he didn't give up.

This was a great hub. Great widget too.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Robin!

I'm grateful that Bill recommended me and I'm also grateful for your acceptance of that recommendation. As you say, it wasn't all roses for Albert Einstein and his story is a typical example of how many view fame. It is so often not what it seems and more often than not real quality is hidden behind another event or story. The fact that he persevered through great tumult, including the historical events that happened in Israel during his lifetime would be enough for many men to fold under the pressure. But Einstein had enough awareness of himself and his role in human history to decline positions of power that were offered to him. I suspect (how bold of me, right?) that the contribution he made to science was more important thank his ego! That's why I think he's so remarkable!

Thanks again for the comment!

Bruce


Ghost32 3 years ago

Well done, Bruce. I couldn't pick a favorite quote from those you listed--#2 & #5 are tied tight.

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