Happy Birthday Albert

Yesterday was Albert Einstein’s birthday. He was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879.

It may surprise you that he was very fond of music. He began playing the violin when he was six with his mother playing the piano. He loved copying the work of Mozart and Bach. When he was 13, he found that music held many of the same patterns responsible for mathematics.

Throughout his life he never gave up the violin, even when he became too old to play, he still sat and listened to records of his recorded music.

In 1921 Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on photo-electricity. Some of his other theories include radiation treatment to cure cancer, the development of the laser, the atom bomb and space exploration.

The last twenty-two years of his life were spent at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Every day, he walked from the office to his house and would always stop to talk to others.

Albert Einstein Quotes

"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.”

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.”

“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.”

“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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

“When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.”

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“Information is not knowledge.”

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

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

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

“Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

You may also find the Einstein Exhibit that was at the American Museum of Natural History several years ago interesting.

Enjoy your weekend and make time for chocolate.