While Albert Einstein is most famous for his contributions to science and quantum mechanics, he also has quite a reputation for producing nuggets of wisdom that still apply today. You may have heard a small handful of Albert Einstein’s most famous quotes such as his claim that the inability to explain something to a six-year-old means you don’t understand it yourself, or his definition of insanity as doing the same thing and expecting different results.
But there are a few more words of wisdom Albert Einstein shared with the world that most people don’t know about, some of which were hidden away in Einstein’s private letters. If you didn’t yet believe that Albert Einstein was a smart man before, these lesser known quotes will sure convince you.
The interesting thing is that some of Einstein’s best quotes are not about the world of science, but about normal, everyday life. For example, Time recently shared a letter Albert Einstein wrote in 1915 to his 11-year-old son Hans Albert. Einstein was responding to a letter his son wrote him declaring a newly found love for playing the piano. The 36-year-old father then shared a piece of brilliant wisdom about the secret of learning.
“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
Another of Einstein’s amazingly relevant words of advice has come from one of his recently released letters. According to Venture Beat, this particular letter was address to a fellow scientist, Marie Curie, and touched on the topic of dealing with nonconstructive criticism. In other words, Albert Einstein was telling Madam Curie how to deal with trolls.
“If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated.”
Sometimes the wisdom of Albert Einstein is more deliberate, such as his essay “The World As I See It.” In this short piece, Albert Einstein voices his support for such ideas as democracy and social justice, but he also shares some words about the beauty of the world. But it’s not a traditional idea of beauty.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true 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.”
For more of Albert Einstein’s personal thoughts, read about his opinions on topics outside of science, such as nuclear weapons and God.