Did Albert Einstein say this?

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:00 am

Greetings Sarath,

I'm pretty sure that this is the quote Ben was referring to, back in the 2nd post of this topic.

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by DNS » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:26 am

Here's one for those of us who like statistics:

"42.7% of all statistics are made-up on the spot."
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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by shaunc » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:41 am

I reckon they're both great sayings regardless of who said it.

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by SarathW » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:18 pm

Agree, but it is inappropriate to misrepresent another person.
We should not mislead people. It amount to a lie and break the forth precept.
See another saying:

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Did Arthur C Clarke say this?

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by Way~Farer » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:36 am

As a matter of interest, there is a collection of Einstein's quotations here, at Wikiquotes:

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

These generally have sources, annotations and commentary. I admire Einstein's humanity and warmth and the fact that he was such a deep thinker on spiritual questions.

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by dan.chong » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:59 pm

It is in the letter, presumably translated by Einstein's secretary, dated March 4, 1950.

One can request a PDF file of the scanned image from the Albert Einstein archive:
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Record/EAR000025410

Also the entire content of the letter appeared in the 1972 New York Times article:
https://www.nytimes.com/1972/03/29/arch ... an-of.html

I received my personal copy after emailing the request by following this website:
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Digital/EAR000025410

However, I cannot upload the PDF file to the web, due to the copyright restriction.

There is another letter with similar content dated February 12, 1950:
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Record/EAR000028196
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Record/EAR000028197
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Record/EAR000028198
http://alberteinstein.info/vufind1/Record/EAR000028199

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by dan.chong » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:39 pm

SarathW wrote:
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:44 am
Another saying. :shrug:

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend any personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there were any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”
--Albert Einstein
A possible source of the above adaption is from the book "The World As I See It" :

The World As I See It – Albert Einstein
https://tinyurl.com/y7lclxty
https://archive.org/details/AlbertEinst ... t/page/n19

The individual feels the nothingness of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvellous order which reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. He looks upon individual existence as a sort of prison and wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole. The beginnings of cosmic religious feeling already appear in earlier stages of development--e.g., in many of the Psalms of David and in some of the Prophets. Buddhism, as we have learnt from the wonderful writings of Schopenhauer especially, contains a much stronger element of it.

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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by SarathW » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:54 pm

:goodpost: Dan Chong
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Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

Post by dan.chong » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:48 pm

Einstein's letter of March 4, 1950 contains two major concepts of Buddhism:

(1). Nonself : "He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness."

(2). Global compassion: "This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creature and the whole nature in its beauty. "

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