Ideals That Lighted My Way
"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief
sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he
senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose
smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then
for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the
ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my
inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and
dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same
measure as I have received and am still receiving...
"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
-- Albert Einstein, from 'The World As I See It'
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