Is there anyone online who hasn’t shared a quote only to later learn that it wasn’t entirely accurate? While sometimes the words can ring true and insightful regardless of who said them, inaccuracy at least undermines their authority and spreads bad information. And just as our cells need good information to function well, so, too, our minds.
This, for instance –
– didn’t sound quite like Einstein to us. A little too New Age-y. And a bit of search confirmed this. According to the Quote Investigator, they appear to have originated at bashar.org, the site of a self-identified channeler.
There are plenty of other popular quotes that Einstein probably didn’t say – or at least say in the way he’s said to have said them. You’ll probably recognize at least a few of these, gathered from the Wikiquote page on Einstein. Many contain some wisdom. All are either disputed or misattributed.
- There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
- Two things inspire me to awe: the starry heavens and the moral universe within.
- Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
- The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
- Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.
- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
- The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
- Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
- Two things are infinite: the universe and the human stupidity.
- A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.