best Einstein quote ever

Best Einstein quote ever:

Two things are infinite -- the Universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the Universe.

I say it's the best Einstein quote ever, despite its strong flavour of elitism. But I like it anyway because it's egregiously (love that word) misanthropic, though not quite to the same extent that I am!




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Karen said...

If not egregiously misanthropic then surely you're wretchedly misanthropic.

masterymistery said...

Hi Karen, yes that's true: I'm trying very hard these days to drink from the glass half-full, (unfortunately so far to no avail). I was born thirsty, and it looks as if I'll always be that way.

BTW, I've just realised that "wretched" almost rhymes with "ratshit". There's gotta be a nasty limerick in there somewhere. Thanks for stopping by, MM/SRS/CR

Karen said...

Did I miss the nasty limerick or do you have yet to post it?

masterymistery said...

Hi Karen, thanks for reminding me. Here's one that's actually "on topic", though it's not very nasty.

There was a young lady so bright

that she travelled much faster than light

she took off one day

in a relative way

and returned the previous night.

Actually, I think I've posted that one already, somewhere in the dank, deep corridors of Cosmic Rapture.

Thanks for stopping by.

mgeorge said...

Einstein got most of it right.

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival as much as a vegetarian diet." - letter, 1930

"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." - reported in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1934 - not sure if this is genuine.

"Clarity about the aims and problems of socialism is of the greatest significance in our age of transition. The individual experiences his dependence on society, not as a protective force, but as a threat to his natural rights or even to his economic existence. What the worker receives is determined not by the real value of what he produces but by his minimum needs and by the capitalist requirement for labour in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. The real source of the evil is the current economic anarchy of capitalist society. Private capital tends to become concentrated in a few hands because of competition among the capitalists and the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones, through technological development and increasing division of labour. The result is an oligarchy which a democracy cannot control effectively. Unlimited competition leads to a huge waste of labour and a crippling of the social consciousness of individuals. I consider this crippling the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from it. The student is inculcated with an exaggerated competitive attitude and trained to worship acquisitive success." - in Monthly Review, 1949

"The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance."

masterymistery said...

mgeorge, yes he saw further and understood more than most. The quote from monthly review absolutely sums it all up. And he was a pantheist! Thanks for stopping by, SRS/CR/MM