Monday, May 6, 2013

Quote of the Week

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein

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This German-born physicist was best known for the mass-energy equivalence (E = mc2). He was also the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Interestingly, he was visiting the U.S. when Hitler came into power.  He did not return home to Germany, but instead remained in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1940.

If you counted the kernels on an ear of corn or the bristles on your hair brush, would that matter? If you counted the stars in the night sky or the the coins in a child's piggy bank, what difference would it make? These things can be counted, but of what importance is their numbers in the big scheme of things. Things like love, respect, integrity and dignity cannot be counted. These important aspects of human life are not measured in quantity but in quality. Let's strive to measure up in ways that cannot be counted.

9 comments:

  1. So very true! What a wise man he was!

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  2. "Let's strive to measure up in ways that cannot be counted."

    I think that statement would have given Einstein something to think about. Well said, Linda. :-)

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  3. Hi Linda .. great quote - Einstein may have been a man of numbers ... but he had sense in his head - he stayed in the States: thank goodness for that.

    Totally understand what you're saying .. and so we should for humanity's future .. cheers Hilary

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  4. Talon- Yes he was!

    Nicky- Thank you!!!

    Hilary- All said, he had a good noggin for sure.

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  5. You know.. the first thing I thought of when I read the quote was, "LOVE." And you said it too. INDEED!

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  6. So true! Very thoughtful post. Thank you for the reminder. :-)

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  7. Once again you've taken a quote I might have read and not fully understood until I landed here. You have a marvelous ability to bring a quote to life; to make me see how it fits in my own life...and how important the quote-reminder is.

    Thanks, Linda

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  8. Katherine- Isn't that the most important thing?

    Alexandra- Thank you, and you're welcome!

    Sara- Thank you for that lovely compliment. Maybe one day I will be quoted, too.

    Meleah- Thank you! It struck me, too.

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