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Wise Words Wednesday: Great quotes about nature

Quotes about nature

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It’s Wise Words Wednesday and I have a great quote about nature to share with you today! Hope your week is moving along nicely. Mine started a bit bumpy…and rainy…but I am optimistic as always.

The wise words this week are from Albert Einstein. I’ll just go ahead and tell you, without shame, that I have a geek crush on Albert Einstein. An Einstein bobblehead is on my desk…one of his quotes is on my office door. Anyway…there is a wonderful quote in H. Eves’ Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977) in which Einstein encourages humans to embrace nature. Eves writes that the context for the quote is a letter written by Einstein in 1950 to a rabbi. The rabbi’s teenage daughter was unconsolable after the death of her sister, the rabbi’s older daughter. He was not able to comfort his daughter with religious theology and was hoping Einstein could give him advice. Here is what the scientist wrote in reply:

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977).

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