People's true worth can be measured by considering the degree and the
manner in which they have succeeded in liberating themselves from their
beings are a part of the whole, called by us "the universe," a
part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our
thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of
optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our own 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.
people are those who receives a great deal from their fellow people,
usually incomparably more than corresponds to their service to them.
The value of people, however, should be seen in what they give,
and not in
what they are able to receive.
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the
source of all true art and science.
Those to whom this emotion is a
who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe, is as
good as dead:
their eyes are closed.
hundred times every day I remind myself that
my inner and outer life
depend on the labors of other people,
living and dead, and that I must
exert myself in order to give
in the same measure as I have received and
am still receiving.
dwells only in the bosom of fools.
think and think for months, for years.
Ninety-nine times the
conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power,
which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of
for humans themselves and their fate must always form
the chief interest of all
technical endeavors, concern for
the great unsolved problems of the
organization of labor
and the distribution of goods--in order that the
creations of our mind
shall be a blessing and not a curse to humankind.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and
important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one 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 lived for others is a life worth while.
should be made as simple
as possible. . . but not simpler.
not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.
can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove.
comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge,
never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved
such a leap.
is more important
without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
deep into nature and you will find the answer to everything.
|Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that
the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing
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