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Today (March 14) is 134th birth anniversary of Albert Einstein. He was one of the greatest scientists of all times. Many historians consider him to be among the ten most influential people of the last millennium. He was equally great as a human being, perhaps the most humane among all the scientists of eminence. He was very much anti war though his theory was responsible for the development of nuclear bomb. Sir Bertrand Russell says

“Men like Einstein proclaim obvious truths about war but are not listened to. So long as Einstein is unintelligible, he is thought wise, but as soon as he says anything that people can understand, it is thought that his wisdom has departed from him”.

According to Professor Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist,

“Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. Those of us who are not so tall have to choose!”

According to John Archibald Wheeler, another theoretical physicist of eminence, Einstein’s work revolved around three principles which are applicable in all walks of life and not just in scientific investigations. The three principles are

                Find Simplicity out of clutter.
                From discord find harmony
                In the middle of difficulty lies an opportunity.

Here are a few of his famous quotes which can mend one’s general attitude and character:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has not tried anything new”
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”
“Science without religion is lame, Religion without science is blind”
“It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder”
“the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence”

Einstein was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi. He has stated that it is difficult to imagine that such a man ever stepped on this earth.

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