BookReview: Ideas and Opinions
by Albert Einstein, Crown Publishers Inc., 1985, 0-517-55601-4

Einstein was not only brilliant, he was a great man. There are some great, and very readable essays in this book.

[p4] The cult of individuals is always, in my view, unjustified. To be sure, nature distributes her gifts unevenly among her children.

[p10] Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathesome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!

[p14] The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close social cohesion.

[p22] Man has an intense desire for assured knowledge.

[p57] Incidentally I'm only coming to Princeton to do research, not to teach. There is too much education altogether, especially in American schools. The only rational way of educating is to be an example -- if one can't help it, a warning example.

Via Rob 2001