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Words From Three Wise Men: Quotes by Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, and John Muir

Updated on February 2, 2017
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Over the years I’ve collected numerous quotes by Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis, and John Muir. One reason I’m drawn to the words of Albert Einstein is because he values intuition and recognized that life is mysterious. With C.S. Lewis I often feel that he is expressing the exact same thought I’ve had, yet he says it with much more eloquence than I could. The words of John Muir appeal to me largely because he recognized the healing power of spending time in nature. His quote “Going to the woods is going home” resonates powerfully with me, and I believe his words appeal to a significant audience because most people recognize how important it is to unwind in nature.

I recognize that these men may not seem overly connected to each other, yet I’ve chosen to put them together because I believe they were all compassionate, thoughtful individuals. Also, I’ve found reassurance and inspiration in the each man’s words, and this is another reason to group them together.

Albert Einstein
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Albert Einstein quotes:

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

“It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day…”

“I never think of the future—it comes soon enough.”

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

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Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein | Source

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.”

“The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful…”

“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.”

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.”

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

According to Einstein, life is like riding a bicycle.
According to Einstein, life is like riding a bicycle. | Source

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“Look deep into nature… And then you will understand everything better.”

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

C.S. Lewis

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Quotes by C.S. Lewis:

“Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice.”

“Life has never been normal. Even those periods which we think most tranquil, like the nineteenth century, turn out, on closer inspection, to be full of crises, alarms, difficulties, emergencies.”

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”

“Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.”

“The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one’s ‘own’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.”

C.S. Lewis: "We read to know we are not alone."
C.S. Lewis: "We read to know we are not alone." | Source

“We read to know we are not alone.”

“Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life.”

“Nothing, I suspect, is more astonishing in any man’s life than the discovery that there do exist people very, very like himself.”

“What can you ever really know of other people’s souls—of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles?”

“Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable…”

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“You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. You can’t, in most things, get what you want if you want it too desperately: anyway, you can’t get the best out of it.”

“We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.”

“All reality is iconoclastic. The earthly beloved, even in this life, incessantly triumphs over your mere idea of her. And you want her to; you want her with all her resistances, all her faults, all her unexpectedness.”

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”

“Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.”

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

“But things never happen the same way twice.”

“And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

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“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”

“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.”

“We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.”

John Muir

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Quotes by John Muir:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you…while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

“One can make a day of any size.”

“Going to the woods is going home.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.”

"The mountains are calling and I must go."

“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”

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    • Julie K Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie K Henderson 

      3 years ago

      Thank you everyone for commenting. I am glad that fellow hubbers are enjoying the quotes.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Great quotes from some of my favorites!

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      Aladdins Cave 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Hub

      Great Read

      Thumbs up and I tweeted it for you as well

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      Sally 

      3 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Great quotes!

    • Julie K Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie K Henderson 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed the quotes. I certainly enjoyed compiling them.

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      Colin Garrow 

      3 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Some interesting thoughts, Julie, from some interesting blokes. Keep 'em comin'. Voted up.

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