Einstein on curiosity

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

Somewhere underground
Contemplating the marvelous structure of reality, underground in New Zealand

Bons mots (with special guests Einstein and Voltaire)

My wife asked me to pick up a copy of Advanced Banter while I was in Ireland, since we thought it wasn’t sold here in the States (it actually is, as If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t There More Happy People?). I’ve never placed much stock in quotations, but it’s been fun finding pithy phrases from famous people to support my own opinions.

Albert Einstein HeadAs the three of you reading this will have noticed, I’ve done a bit of time travel in the last week, or rather, I’ve sent my favorite words and phrases back in time so that they appear on this blog in a more distributed manner than actually occurred in normal space-time. I will likely continue doing this in the future, so you’ll never know when Einstein might pop up and say something clever, such as, “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

And thus, having used the theory of relativity to rationalize retroactive blog posts, I leave you with a particularly witty saying from Voltaire:

“A witty saying proves nothing.”