If you ever happen to think about Albert Einstein, what do you think of? The hair? E=mc squared? The Atom bomb? Time travel? Hilarious quotes?
I’m guessing you didn’t say sense of humor. But hear this! Einstein was a hilarious guy with a witty streak rivaled only by his theorems and other assorted acts of brilliance.
He was also humble. We talked recently about Kurt Vonnegut, his sense of humor, and some of his most memorable quotes. I think he would have been great pals with Einstein, the man who said
1. You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one…
2. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
3. If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
This fits in nicely with our discussion of humor yesterday. Much humor is self-defensive in nature and most humor seems (to me at least) to have at least a bit of sadness behind it, if not a lot.
Each of these three witty remarks above suggests a man who has learned lessons and paid his dues.
Albert and Kurt, wish you were here. You can’t have too many modest and funny geniuses.
If any of you readers have any funny Einstein quotes, please feel free to share them.
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