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Quotes from Einstein

I’ve been reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Einstein lately and I thought I’d share with you some of the great genius’ philosophies on life.

On keeping your balance:

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

On leading a full life:

Life for its own sake is hollow. People who live in a society, enjoy looking into each other’s eyes, who share their troubles, who focus their efforts on what is important to them and find this joyful—these people lead a full life.

I hope you’re healthy and happy as you read this, son. Take good care of yourself always.

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Control

The following is a paraphrase from Fernando Savater’s book titled “Amador

“While we don’t always have control over the things that come our way, we always have full control over how we react to each of them.”

I’ve held on to that saying since I read the book back in college and I try to live my life by it as consistently as I can. You should do the same, son. It’s very liberating.

P.S. You might want to read that book too when you find the time. It talks about ethics, self-discipline, and how to live a good life while managing to avoid an overly philosophical tone. It’s very beautifully written. It’s also what inspired me to start this blog.

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Revision

Here are some quotes from wordsmith.wordpress.com

Revision actually means “seeing again.” When we revise, we reconsider our perspective or argument, organizational structure, evidence, counter argument, and particularly our audience. Revision leads to rewriting and more rewriting. Michael Lee had it right when he said, “The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist.”

“Half my life is an act of revision,” said acclaimed novelist and screenwriter John Irving.

I think John Irving says it quite nicely: As we go through life, we increasingly become aware of “things” (objects, ideas, concepts, etc.) around us. Don’t feel threatened by these new things, son. Even if it means you have to start from scratch again. Embrace them. Life is also about increasing our level of consciousness everyday and adjusting our behaviour accordingly.

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Life will always present you with challenges no matter where you are and no matter what age you are in. Don’t let that bring you down, though. It’s actually a good thing. Think about how boring it would be if there were no challenges. We’d all probably just be sitting on the ground staring into space, scratching our heads, not knowing what to do. Having said all of that, try to find ways to cope. Learn to appreciate the little pleasures in life. Learn to laugh at your mistakes. Laugh with your body. Value your relationships. And, of course, know that your mother and I are always here for you when you need to rant.

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