Famous for his theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics Albert Einstein (1879-1955), was one of the recognized and well-known scientists of the century.
The German-born physicist dedicated his life to science, but he knew life was more than just ambition. Now, after 95 years, Einstein’s secrets for happiness have finally been revealed.
In 1922, Einstein was on a lecture tour in Japan. He was staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo but did not have any change available to tip the courier.
Instead, the Nobel Prize winner handed the man two handwritten notes, telling him: “Maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip.”
Einstein wrote on one of the notes: “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” he wrote on another sheet.
Einstein’s note made clear that fulfilling a long-term ambition doesn’t necessarily guarantee happiness.
The notes, which were previously unknown to researchers, are being sold by an anonymous Hamburg resident and are set to be auctioned in Jerusalem.
Roni Grosz, an Einstein archivist at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, said: “What we’re doing here is painting the portrait of Einstein – the man, the scientist, his effect on the world – through his writings.
“This is a stone in the mosaic.”