Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Quotes That Mean Something

I love getting to know people through interviews. I’ve made life-long friends while writing articles, learned a lot about life and people. I’ve been lucky and honored to write stories about heartache and celebration, tragedy and hope.

Albert Einstein would have been a great interview. His quotes, many of them famous, beg for discussion. Or explanations. Here are some of my favorite quotes…and the thoughts that run through my head as I read them.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

Good one Albert! If a genius can admit to mistakes—in fact encourage them—I feel confident messing up.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

One question: does this apply to computer problems? Because I think if I press the same button, it might start working if I do it enough times.

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

Wow. He was genius!

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

As a gardener, this is one of my favorite quotes. There’s something about the way earth worms aerate the soil, and roots grow toward water, and leaves shade the fruit that makes nature so incredible.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

I’d love to hear him say this. Because maybe he was trying to be funny. Maybe he didn’t mean it to be interpreted as a slight to human intelligence. Maybe he laughed after he said this, adding “just kidding.” But then again, maybe he was on the beltway at rush hour.