On Misinterpreting God

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.”
-Albert Einstein

Man was made in God’s image, not He in ours. That we so utterly fail to live up that image is no reflection on God. 

On a Choice of Careers

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.”
-Albert Einstein

We have no idea what the consequences of a life’s work will be. For some it has been unimaginable, relatively speaking.  

On the Value of Art and the True Artist

“Only to a tiny minority is it given to fascinate their generation by subtle humour and grace and to hold the mirror up to it by the impersonal agency of art. To-day I salute with sincere emotion the supreme master of this method, who has delighted — and educated — us all.”
-Albert Einstein

The artist’s laser-beam, with its wit and easy grace yet also with unrelenting intensity, that reveals to us who we really are and what it means to be human, is a gift beyond accounting, .

From the few, much is given to the many.

 

 

On the Lack of Independent Thinkers in the World

“There are few enough people with sufficient independence to see the weaknesses and follies of their contemporaries and remain themselves untouched by them.”
-Albert Einstein

Too few are of independent and courageous enough mind to see the truth of the world, as humans inhabit it, and not instead get drawn into the seeming propensity for foolishness.

 

On the Solace of Solitude

“I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…”
-Albert Einstein

No man is an island, all are connected and depend on the society of their fellows.

There are those who nonetheless must remain at a distance. The artist, the traveler, the thinker, the loner. Those who find in solace in solitude.