On Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein:

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift.  The rational mind is a faithful servant.

We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

“I see a pattern, but my imagination cannot picture the maker of that pattern.  I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker.  The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one?”

“Logic will get you from A to B.

Imagination will take you everywhere.”

“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical.  It is the sower of all true science.  He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.  To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of 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 the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

“I want to know all God’s thoughts; all the rest are just details.”
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Mary Elizabeth’s comments on Einstein’s above thoughts:

It is my belief that both the welder and the philosopher are capable of pondering and exploring these same concepts, enunciated so well by Albert Einstein.  We do all a disservice if we do not expose all students to these thoughts, as educators of our young.


Also, perhaps, like Einstein, we should attempt not to assign our thoughts into neat, little, self-contained boxes of our own labels, which will limit the human intellect and the human experience.

Sometimes risk, even of thought, is more to be sought than safety, as Thomas Jefferson well knew.  Thomas Jefferson: “”I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

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2 Responses to On Albert Einstein

  1. Imaginaton and intuition are of great value.

    The notion that there is a “God” is a big mistake.

    • Belief in the existence of God is central to who I am. But, then, I come from a family of ordained ministers going back to my great, great, great, grandfather whose family migrated from Germany to America in 1742. My 3rd great grandfather was an ordained minister, as were his son and his grandson. Believing in a Creator of this Universe whose main force is love, the energy of life, is in my DNA. I will never believe otherwise. I could tell you family stories of imagination regarding dreams and reality mixed which might change your mind about the existence of God. Perhaps, I will post one of those specific stories regarding my great grandfather one day.

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