"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, "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 to
us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of
nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the
striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a
foundation for inner security."
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
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Well said.
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
    He plagiarized my essays. ;-)
     -- David L Rosenthal      
    Bravo....Bravo Albert!! These words are part of the foundation of Personal Enlightenment. Bravo Albert!
     -- Me Again     
    I have used this many times and believe it should be on the cover of all school books.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    Whatever ... like I said, stick to physics.
     -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC     
    Robert, I agree, but how about in all hotel rooms instead of Gideon's contribution to divisive theology.
     -- EGL, LA     
    This statement is completely compatible with Christian thought. Perhaps it is even almost an adequate expression of Christianity.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
    It's also completely compatible with Buddhist thought and enlightened secular thought. Eternal truths are often laid claim to by religions attempting to enroll more followers instead of inspiring others to simply do good.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Enlightened Secular Thought. There's an oxymoron.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Sometimes Archer attempts to revise Christian precepts or misquote Bible verses, when he wants to try to prove something, only revealing his lack of understanding. At other times he criticizes the same principles, when thay are not compatible with his own. Here he libels allChristians without even the courage to say so directly, while ignoring that Jesus told his followers to teach others the truth. The clearest thing about Archer is his bigoted ignorance.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
    When I first read this statement, I was moved to tears. Teaching English at college, I introduce it to my students in the first class to tell them to widen thier circle of compassion.
     -- Atsuko Uemura, Osaka, Japan     
    It seems amazing to me to see a scientific mind speaking like this.Albert sounds more like an avatar or profet than a scientist, it proves to me in a way that god really exist.Very proud of you Albert!!
     -- Anonymous, newyork city     
    This statement of the connectedness of the mental or the conscious with both itself and the rest of nature moves us because within it we intuitively recognise an essential truth uniting our experience. It is particularly rewarding to see this truth being echoed by one of science's most respected prophets, rather than the prophets and gurus of eastern philosophies and religions. This, being one of the most fundamental spiritual insights, connects us all.
     -- Steve, Edinburgh, UK     
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