Civilizations throughout history have been enriched by humans who chose to be extraordinary. This possibility stirs within us all.
The day will come when,
After harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation,
We shall harness for God the energies of love.
And on that day,
For the second time in the history of the world,
We shall have discovered fire.
Many of us spend our whole lives
Running from feeling
With the mistaken belief
That you cannot bear the pain.
But you have already borne the pain.
What you have not done
Is feel all you are beyond that pain.
In all persons, all creatures,
The self is the innermost essence.
And it is identical with Brahman:
Our real self is not different
From the ultimate reality called God.
I have a capacity in my soul
For taking in God entirely.
I am as sure as I live
That nothing is so near to me as God.
God is nearer to me than I am to myself;
My existence depends
On the nearness and the presence of God.
We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
Amid these earthly damps
What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers
May be heaven’s distant lamps.
Your vision will become clear
Only when you look into your heart …
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
What a curious phenomenon it is
That you can get men to die for the liberty of the world
Who will not make the little sacrifice
That is needed to free themselves
From their own individual bondage.
I would rather live in a world
Where my life is surrounded by mystery
Than live in a world so small
That my mind could comprehend it.
I don’t know what your destiny will be,
But one thing I do know:
The only ones among you who will be really happy
Are those who have sought
And found how to serve.
Sit down before fact as a little child,
Be prepared to give up every conceived notion,
Follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads,
Or you will learn nothing.
It has pleased God
That divine verities
Should not enter the heart
Through the understanding,
But the understanding through the heart.
You are a child of the Universe,
No less than the moon and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.
There is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.
And if you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and it will be lost.
Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in.
I drink at it, but while I drink
I see the sandy bottom
and detect how shallow it is.
It’s thin current slides away,
but eternity remains.
When you know a thing,
to hold that you know it;
and when you do not know a thing,
to allow that you do not know it
–this is knowledge.
Stop thinking and talking about it
and there is nothing
you will not be able to know
And then, there is Albert Einstein who saw with eyes that perceived beyond the limitations of the visible spectrum. Here are a few of his gifts for us all to enjoy:
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Education is what remains
After one has forgotten
Everything he learned in school.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger,
More complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius ?? and a lot of courage ??
To move in the opposite direction.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
And I’m not sure about the universe.
Anyone who has never made a mistake
Has never tried anything new.
My religion consists of a humble admiration
Of the illimitable superior spirit
Who reveals himself in the slight details
We are able to perceive
With our frail and feeble mind.
I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.
I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.
The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Science without religion is lame.
Religion without science is blind.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up
As a judge of Truth and Knowledge
Is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
But World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep
One must, above all, be a sheep.
(Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton)
Not everything that counts can be counted,
And not everything that can be counted counts.
ON PEOPLE AND LIFE
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.
No, this trick won’t work…
How on earth are you ever going to explain
In terms of chemistry and physics
So important a biological phenomenon as first love?
The release of atom power has changed everything
Except our way of thinking…
The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.
If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.
The latter cannot understand it when a man
Does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices
But honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
Who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
Is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
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.
ON SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
The whole of science is nothing more
Than a refinement of everyday thinking.
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties.
He integrates empirically.
Technological progress is like an ax
In the hands of a pathological criminal.
We can’t solve problems
By using the same kind of thinking
We used when we created them.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,
They are not certain,
As far as they are certain,
They do not refer to reality.
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute,
And it seems like an hour.
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour,
And it seems like a minute.