Happiness is priceless.:)
According to the owner of the blog post and comments, i am writing this.
I read one report that said the seller in Germany was a relative of his ??? Not verified.
This story hits me on several levels. First of all, I’m struck by the fact that Einstein was prescient enough to know that his fame would make that napkin worth so very, very much. Claim ownership of a scrap of decades old paper with a message that urges them to stop scrambling, to stop trying to outdo.
He was already pretty famous in 1922, the message was said to notify him of his Nobel Prize while he was on a lecture tour in Japan. So, I guess he knew.
I get the irony in the mad bidding for his note, and maybe in the contrast to the 2nd note that professed “where there’s a will…” ? It seems to point to that pursuit of success.
“Einstein could explain the most complex matters in such simple language that anyone with just a bit of the proper background could understand them.” When acknowledged for this talent, according to my father, Einstein always said that he felt that if someone couldn’t explain something simply they simply didn’t understand it well enough themselves.:)
He didn’t have change to tip the courier who brought a message to his Tokyo hotel room. So Albert Einstein wrote him a brief note on hotel stationery, telling him it might be of some value later. The 1922 message has been called Einstein’s “Theory of Happiness”, and yesterday sold at a Jerusalem auction for […]