"He who joyfully marches to music in rank
and file has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice."
by:
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
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Eat your heart out John Phillip Sousa! lol
 -- TerryBerg, Occidental, CA     
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    It seems union members are mindless morons. All they need is music to stir them.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     -- P.M      
    For Einstein to distain the cheerful readiness of men to serve is hypocritical. Without the soldiers who earned American freedom, he could not have fled to America to avoid death in a concentration camp. Stupid soldiers then left America to go to the Europe he abandoned to eradicate the evil he fled. It is cool to be smart; it is stupid to disregard the humanity and contribution of those less fortunate.
     -- Lynn, Houston     
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    It seems that Lynn has forgotten that Einstein was talking about the Nazis who had a 'cheerful readiness to serve' their 'Fuhrer' putting Jews into ovens. Now American Marines are ready to wipe out Muslims with the same fervor taking no responsibility for the imperialistic policies in the Middle East -- which as we ALL know is quite simply about oil and power. Freedom has got NOTHING to do with it. Washington funded both Sadam and Osama, let there be no doubt about that. Have you read the Iraqi Constitution? It ain't even close to the US version. In it, the government grants rights to citizens, not the People granting limited power to the government.
     -- Georgia Peach, Savannah     
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     -- ARM, Sarasota      
    Einstein is here speaking of the collectivists, socialists, communists, fascists, the slaves to a democracy, the mindless helots, and all else that is contemptible, not being of an individualistic sovereign mind. Soldiers serving a lawful, just, free, and liberated people do not fall within the subject quote.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Yes we can - yes we can - yes we can...disgusting
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Einstein is also speaking of the pied piper and his sweet sounding music that lures our children into his trap. He is also referring to those who don't think for themselves and listen to what their own hearts are telling them 24/7 if they would only choose to listen to that instead of the pied piper. It has and will always be a matter of choice. Einstein might argue with me and stick with his nothing above the spinal cord description and I would agree with him because both our descriptions picture the same situation, brain dead.
     -- Anon     
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    I took it to mean that everyone should think about a situation and draw their own conclusion. A person that is a "sound board" and mindlessly follows ANY organization doesn't deserve to waste my time with their rhetoric. Even a soldier can voice his/her opinion. I did.
     -- Cliff, Hobart, IN     
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     -- M. Brown, Florida      
     -- Anonymous, Reston,VA, US      
    I agree with Cliff. The joy of team work should not be dinegrated. That does not mean a person cannot also have a private life and a thinking life. How about people who play music in a syphony under the tyrannical baton of a maestro or school and college marching bands. I mean really he should get a life and learn about diverstity which includes marching bands and team work.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Love it!
     -- RBESRQ     
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    As the children chant- Barack Obama MM MM MM-Barack Obama MM MM MM-Barack Obama MM MM MM-Barack Obama MM MM MM-Barack Obama MM MM MM-Barack Obama MM MM MM- great education they are getting.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    It'd be far more decent of E. to aim his critical remarks at America, home to dollar-fascism (and God?) The nazis humbly wrote "Gott mit uns". There is a subtle difference here. Mein Gott!
     -- Erik, Porsgrunn, Norwegen     
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    Mike from Norwalk: Einstein WAS a socialist himself. Great quote though :)
     -- Vegar, Norway     
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    Lynn, you're going to need to do better than "hypocrite", everyone is a hypocrite and this is frickin' Einstein we're talkin' about here! :)
     -- Anonymous, Kansas City     
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    Here is another one I like:
    "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." http://www.alberteinsteinquotes.com/
     -- Julian, London     
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    Einstein was asked if he ever played golf. He said no, it was too complicated.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Well said, Julian ! On the surface, many study the Line of judgment, and the seventy weeks of Daniel. Laboring about words wanting to pick dates, of time and event. The plumb is seen also. But without numerical insight, seeing they see not, hearing they hear not. Liberty is freedom from the curse of an unjust law, on the surface. The law is spiritual, man is carnal sold under sin. In part, truth is taught upon a line, an earthly plain of understanding with no heavenly insight. Plato was also a mathematician, metaphysical application of numerical influence. Numbers are words and words are numbered, for a purpose. Eu a Mousoi, happily without the muses, was a saying of Plato's , I suspect Einstein would agree. I also suspect he was not given, to being a liar. Considering, God frustrates the tokens of liars. Numbers are tokens of truth, and truth is codified. Numbers do not lie. I observed Jacob's ladder, and upon the ladder, the Eternal spirit of Creation, 4, a symbol, token for understanding. Love ,Life, gift, code, are united by that spirit. Who maketh his angels spirits, his ministers a flaming fire: Who laid the foundation of the earth, that it should not be removed forever. O Lord how manifold are thy works ! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. To some this will make sense, and to others it will not. Such is life, unity of knowledge brings peace. Numbers do and always have represented the Eternal spirits of God. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life !

     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    Ron13,Say what ??
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    ( 13 ) A simple equation, the right of man to rebel, without
    6 understanding numerical meaning, it makes no sense. Some of our founding Fathers were very aware of this equation ! 13 the number of rebellion, 6 the number of man. Unity of knowledge brings peace of understanding, there are 13 letters in the word, understanding. This understanding comes by way of God's Natural law of numerical order as they appear from the beginning. Solomon has a scaffold of ( truth )understanding which he preached from. Simplicity observed.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    My sentiments exactly. Sorry to you military guys. When Congress declares war, then I will consider what role I should play in the defense of the country -- until then, though, it certainly appears that the US military is running amok all over the world as sheep dogs for transnational corporations. War is a Racket! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    @Ron, Interesting religion you've got there -- kind of an Atlantean-Evangelical-Numerology sort of thing. Is there some link you can provide that explains your religious views? I can make out neither hide nor hair from your writing...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Oh, how sad that the depth of Einstein's quote has been completely lost on Lynn, Houston, Thus, she falsely believes that he was referring to and insulting those serving in the military instead what he was actually referring to ... the sheep marching to the collective's ideology of the Group Think sirens.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    He is merely saying: If you are not thinking for yourself, your brain is being wasted.
     -- Charles McGinty, Los Lunas, NM     
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