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?
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.