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Everything Is A Miracle

--by Albert Einstein (Nov 18, 2002)

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

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.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "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 us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Only a life lived for others is worth living.

--Albert Einstein


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On Nov 5, 2014 Linda Johnson wrote:

EVERYTHING IS A MIRACLE!!! I agree, even WE.




On Oct 29, 2014 Veena wrote:

This idea of Unity or everything being one with and the result of everything else is an ancient Hindu (Dharmic) idea and is rendered and explored in all Dharmic literature, including the Vedas and the Upanishads. Albert Einstein among others including Henry David Thoreau were influenced by Vedic thought and considered the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads to be some of the most influential books ever written. 



On Jun 27, 2014 Akshay Sadana, NJ wrote:

 The biggest Miracle is that only human beings can smile. No other creature has been endowed with this privilege, but the strangest thing is that, we do not want to smile and show others a cheerful face, to make ourselves and others happy.



On Jun 26, 2014 roseencabo707@yahoo.com wrote:

 

it takes an enlightened soul to recognize a miracle.... but every moment is a miracle...



On Jun 25, 2014 Akshay Sadana wrote:

 I do agree "Only a life lived for others is worth living." The simple thing is said so wonderfully that in had a life long impact on my life.



On May 18, 2014 Joe wrote:

 This is absolutely not Einstein.



On Sep 15, 2013 adwirguns wrote:

 Because Life is Miracle :D (y)



On Mar 2, 2013 bill keys wrote:
 Where was this writing taken from?  It doesn't seem like Einstein.



On Nov 1, 2012 Best thing in the world is free. so learn how to embrace it. The air, the sun, the nature. It's free to love, to live and to laugh. wrote:
 

On Mar 6, 2012 June wrote:
 Live. Love. Life

On Jan 17, 2009 Phil Wetz wrote:
I thought you may appreciate this since you set an example of the last sentence. I appreciate that.