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Which Is Right, Mr. Einstein?

February 13th, 2006 by Laura Moncur in Quotations

I was checking a quotation from Albert Einstein, when I noticed these two from him. It seems like these two quotations contradict each other.

Maybe we can conclude from this that success is not an important thing, or even THE important thing.

3 Responses to “Which Is Right, Mr. Einstein?”

  1. mlandau Says:

    Maybe we can conclude from this that sometimes it is important to question and sometimes it is important to keep your mouth shut. Different situations require different responses, just because he said something one time, that does not mean that in different circumstances one should not do something else. I would hate to live my whole life and never contradict myself.

  2. ElderSasnett Says:

    Well, I’m no Eintsteinian scholor or anything, but I love both of these quotes. I dont think this is a contradiction at all, it seems pretty synonymous actually. When I think of Einstein, I think of endlessly searching the unknown, never stopping in a pursuit of understanding. I dont think he was saying in the 1st quote that we should stop questioning life and meaning in things. I guess it seems like the quote by Mark Twain or whoever said it : It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. That those who talk a lot are often the people who think they’ve got it all figured out. I dont see any contradiction. Those are my thoughts anyway.

  3. mlandau Says:

    I agree with you, but I always thought that Abraham Lincoln said that, and not Mark Twain. However, I’m really not sure who said it. For all we know, maybe they both said it.

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