Einstein: his secret for a happy life

“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than the search for success, which implies a permanent agitation”, wrote the researcher in 1922.

Two notes that Albert Einstein gave to a messenger in Tokyo, including one on the secret of a happy life, resurfaced 95 years later and will soon be auctioned in Jerusalem. In 1922, the German physicist, famous for his theory of relativity had made a tour in Japan, where he gave lectures. At the time, Einstein had just been informed of his upcoming appointment for the Nobel Prize in Physics, and his notoriety was starting to grow beyond the scientific community.

The scene takes place at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, says the seller today. A Japanese courier arrives to deliver a letter to the physicist. No one knew if he would tip, according to local tradition, or if he had any money. But the physicist, not letting the courier go empty-handed, gave him two notes in German. “Maybe, if you’re lucky, these notes will be much more valuable than a tip,” said Einstein, according to the seller, a relative of the Japanese courier.

On one of the notes, written on paper stamped with the logo of the Imperial Hotel, is written: “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than the search for success, which implies a permanent agitation.”

On the second, affixed to a blank sheet, we find the famous adage, borrowed from Lenin: “Where there is a will, there is a path. “

What an interesting story and small insight into Einstein’s private life, beyond this theories.

Source: AFP

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