On Seeking Happiness vs. Seeking Truth

On Seeking Truth and Finding Happiness

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“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.”
-Albert Einstein

Our lives are best not when we’re seeking our own happiness or comfort. Focusing on such blinds us to the real joy of finding the good, marveling at the beauty, and finding even a tiny glimpse of the truth that pervades the universe, but which remains just out of reach for those contemplating too closely if they are comfortable or happy.

Happiness is found in truth, not truth in happiness.

 

On Persistence

Persistence is the key to success

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“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
-Albert Einstein

Success comes to those that have failed enough.

On Learning to See as Through the Eyes of a Child

Seeing the world as if through the eyes of a child

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“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
-Albert Einstein

Where wonder and joy are allowed, great mysteries are solved and beauty is revealed.

On Fighting the Good Fight

Humanity fate rests in the determination of each person

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“The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause as best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.”
-Albert Einstein

For each of us there is a choice: to lie down, give up, and accept our powerlessness to the unstoppable tide of human history. Or to stand up, brace against the tide, and alter its course – even if only by the smallest margin. The collective course of events is determined by individual effort – or the lack thereof.

In the end, we will reap what we sow.

On the Definition of Relativity

Time is relative. Consider the time spent speaking to a pretty girl vs. hold a hot coal

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“When you are courting a nice girl and hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”
– Albert Einstein

It’s relatively simple. Time contracts when you’re holding the hand of a pretty girl.

On the Formula for Success

“If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.”
-Albert Einstein

Work hard, have fun, and remember it’s usually best to listen instead of talk.

On Why Having a Bad Attitude is for Losers

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”
-Albert Einstein

An occasional bad attitude is human nature. Making a habit of it is becomes a character trait. The decision is yours. And mine.

On Expressing the Truth

Expressing the truth will not always be the easiest choice

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“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
-Albert Einstein

When in doubt, tell the truth; but don’t expect it to always be easy.