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As Smart as Einstein!

I wanted to give you something to think about in Our Blog.

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For today’s blog, I decided to look online for Albert Einstein’s top ten quotes. I remembered reading those in the past. I was especially looking for quotes on keeping things simple. Then when I googled it, I found a lot more. And even if 55 are too many, number 55 is even a good one. I probably got a little crazy in posting them all… but here they are!

From addicted2success.com comes 55 Mind-Blowing Albert Einstein Quotes.

1. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

2. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

3. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”

4. “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

5. “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

6. “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”

7. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

8. “Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”

9. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

10. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

11. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

12. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

13. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

14. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” 

15. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”

16. “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

17. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

18. “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”

19. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

20. “Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.” 

21. “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

22. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”

23. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

24. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

25. “Information is not knowledge.”

26. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

27. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

28. “Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” 

29. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

30. “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”

31. “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”

32. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

33. “You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.”

34. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

35. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

36. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

37. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

38. “The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.”

39. “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

40. “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

41. “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”

42. “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

43. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

44. “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” 

45. “In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”

46. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

47. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

48. “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”

49. “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”

50. “Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing.”

51. “As a human being, one has been  endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists.”

52. “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” 

53. “I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.”

54. “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.”

55. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

And finally… I think this can be classified as more wisdom.

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I am Golfing Today

I am posting this picture because I relate to it. I haven’t golfed in 12 years. I am sure other golfers are saying, “Are you serious?”, as I swing my clubs. Should I keep score by counting lost golf balls?

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I am posting the following story that was sent to me. Good for a Friday blog and it made me laugh. I think we could all learn a lesson from this farmer!

A DEA officer stopped at our farm yesterday, he said “I need to inspect your farm for illegal growing drugs”  

I said, “Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.”  

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and shoved it in my face. “See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…On any Land!!! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?…do you understand?!!” 

I nodded politely, apologized, and went about my chores.  A short time later, I heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by my big old mean bull…With every step, the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety.  The officer was clearly terrified.  

I threw down my tools, rant to the fence and yelled at the top of my lungs “Your Badge, show him your BADGE!!!” 

 

And, for our Friday Pic O’…Sometimes, you you come to a fork in the road and you just have to take it. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

 

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The Impact of a Smile

As a kid, I remember walking down the second floor hallway of my grandparents house and noticing some pictures on their wall. In fact, they were a bit scary because they just looked like angry people. A few years later I learned that the “pictures” were portraits of my ancestors, who simply were not smiling.

When I walked on the Virginia Beach boardwalk yesterday, I noticed that several people smiled at me and some even waved and it made me feel good. I think that we all shared the common experience of the sunrise, and the joy of just being outside.

Which brings me to the question of why those old portraits always had people that looked angry. Angry enough to scare a kid!

In the “old days” of the 18th and 19th century or so, smiling was considered to be poor etiquette. That’s why our friendliest of politicians were never smiling in a photograph.

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In 1703, St. Jean-Baptiste De La Salle wrote The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility. He stated that, There are some people who raise their upper lip so high… that their teeth are almost entirely visible. This is entirely contradictory to decorum, which forbids you to allow your teeth to be uncovered, since nature gave us lips to conceal them.

Mark Twain even expressed that, A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.

Supposedly, photographers would ask people to say prunes instead of cheese, to get the correct serious look. Thankfully, we now smile. Kodak is credited with changing the mindset of smiling in photos, because of their marketing campaigns for their Brownie cameras.

When we smile… we can help others smile. Although, I am uncertain what Mark Twain would now say about the advancement of a smile… to the selfie!

Have a great weekend!!!

And for our Friday pic o’ day…

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Malapropisms and Life

I have always been humored with the concept of malapropisms. Webster dictionary defines as the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect.

Originally, Dictionary.com says that the word is defined and comes from an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. … 1826, from Mrs. Malaprop, character in Sheridan’s play “The Rivals” (1775), noted for her ridiculous misuse of large words.

So there’s that. The set-up to the blog. Here are some examples of malapropisms… because I am humored by them (your dictionary.com):

 

  • Mrs. Malaprop said, “Illiterate him quite from your memory” (obliterate) and “She’s as headstrong as an allegory” (alligator)
  • Officer Dogberry said, “Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons” (apprehended two suspicious persons)
  • Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences. (sinuses)
  • Alice said she couldn’t eat crabs or any other crushed Asians. (crustaceans)
  • I have no delusions to the past. (allusions)
  • You could have knocked me over with a fender. (feather)
  • You lead the way and we’ll precede. (proceed)
  • Unfortunately, my affluence over my niece is very small. (influence)
  • A rolling stone gathers no moths. (moss)
  • Good punctuation means not to be late. (punctuality)
  • Having one wife is called monotony. (monogamy)
  • The flood damage was so bad they had to evaporate the city. (evacuate)
  • Dad says the monster is just a pigment of my imagination. (figment)
  • Everybody in the company has their own cuticle. (cubicle)
  • Tom is the very pineapple of politeness. (pinnacle)
  • I remember because I have photogenic memory. (photographic)
  • Flying saucers are just an optical conclusion. (illusion)

So here is my thought: A wonderful guiding principle in life, which is opposite of malapropism, is Say what you mean; mean what you say; and do what you say you’ll do. Don’t just talk about it… be about it. Being a straight shooter who lives up to commitments.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could still live in a world where a handshake was truly a contract. Just a thought on a Wednesday!

A final note. I’ll be out of the office for the next couple of days. So, I’ll be back on Monday all charged up! I mean it!

And our “pic o’ day”:

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