Sunday, June 19, 2011

There are also Fathers of Invention

I’m reminded as today being Father’s day that true motivation is not simply based on personal satisfaction or curiosity alone, yet upon things greater than one’s self.

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...”

-Albert Einstein, "Mein Weltbild"(My World View),-1931

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