“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Any well understood idea, fully considered plan, or sound theory must be summarized in less than a minute. Otherwise you’re wasting your own time and everyone else’s.
Simplicity is the clarifying beam of understanding.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
What good is a person’s presumed success if it offers nothing of value to anyone else?
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
To the degree that you are certain of reality is the degree to which you do not know what is real. And vice-versa.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
The rational mind is best used when in pursuit of the miraculous and mysterious, in following a hunch, in looking beyond the obvious and immediate.
The intuitive mind is the fundamental source of all human progress.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
The body will stop growing, begin to break down, wither… But it is the seeking mind that grows wise as well as old, knowing that the act of questioning is the fundamental source of wisdom.
We cease to grow when we stop questioning.
“Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them”
Many a smart and diligent intellect may apply itself to the resolution crisis. It is to the avoidance of such that true genius lies.
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough”
Dwell too much on what may happen and you’ll miss what is happening.
“The stakes are immense, the task colossal, the time is short. But we may hope — we must hope — that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him. Scholars, indeed all men, must move forward in the faith of that philosopher who held that there is no problem the human reason can propound which the human reason cannot reason out.”
It is too easy to view world events and abandon hope. We’re all doomed!!
But not only is hope possible, it is required – a mission and a duty for all caring human beings – for finding a way out of the mess we have made.
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
And if you don’t understand it by now, be prepared to pull an all-nighter figuring it out.
“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
When an hour is but a minute, and a minute like an eternity.