Words From A Patent Clerk

Last modified on April 13th, 2009

  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
  • The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
  • Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
  • It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  • The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about
  • It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
  • There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
  • It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.

A smart guy, that Einstein.

4 responses to “Words From A Patent Clerk”

  1. Sarah says:

    Einstein was definitely an interesting guy. I am taking a history of science class concerning him and his impact on the twentieth century. Although he had a great love of humanity in general, he was extremely quick in retreating from the ‘merely personal’ aspects of his own life. Definitely check out the Walter Isaacson biography if you get the chance!

  2. Dale says:

    He was pisces like me and steve jobs 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    Another great quotation from Einstein was, “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.” I use that quotation to introduce qualitative research in my research methods course.

  4. Milan says:

    Hey Duane,
    His wife was from Novi Sad and he lived for few years couple of houses away from where I grew up. Now a friend of mine lives there. I will show you the house when you come 😉

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