Albert Einstein’s life advice tip just sold for over $1m

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is one of the most recognisable personalities of the twentieth century, and he’s back in the headlines this week, but for a somewhat unconventional reason.

Although Albert Einstein is best known for his scientific analyses and breakthroughs, it’s a simple contemplation on happiness which has seen him come to attention once more.

It all stems from a trip to Tokyo in November 1922, when Einstein had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, which recognized his contributions to theoretical physics.

He became somewhat of a celebrity and his lecture tour was a sell-out event, reaching the heights of mania which would now be reserved for pop stars and celebrities.

While he was residing in his hotel room, there was a knock on the door and a messenger arrived. Embarrassed by not having any money to leave for a tip, Einstein quickly scribbled a note for the delivery man. Being aware of his own notoriety, Einstein advised the messenger that the note may be worth something someday.

Well, it’s almost a century later and it this certainly turned out to be the case, as the note (along with a shorter counterpart) sold for $1.8 million at auction.


But what exactly were the words of wisdom that the great thinker decided to share that day?

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The notes, written in German, state that “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” and “When there’s a will, there’s a way.”

The bidding started at a modest $2,000 at the Jerusalem auction house and quickly escalated, according to a report by AP.

For those of us who missed out, at least we can learn from the sentiment.

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