My 15 Favorite Albert Einstein Quotes

Today’s Affirmation:

When I am open to bigger possibilities, I am open to bigger outcomes!

Many think of Albert Einstein as that wild-haired mathematician, physicist, smartest guy of all-time, or the E=MC2 guy. Today many have forgotten that he was also a great thinker, philosopher, statesmen, and advocate for humanity in his time.

His ideas led to massive advances in many fields, including warfare and weaponry – the atomic bomb. He was keenly aware of the responsibility humanity had to use his genius – our genius – wisely.

He had is flaws and his personal problems like the rest of us. To me, that only makes him more human and his genius more approachable.

Today I am sharing my 15 favorite Albert Einstein quotes. Some of them will not be new to you. I hope a few of them will provide new insights into the man and into yourself.

  1. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  2. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  3. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
  4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
  5. “I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of a university.”
  6. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  7. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
  8. “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
  9. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
  10. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
  11. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
  12. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
  13. “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
  14. “Everything must be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Finally, Einstein wrote:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss! Become your bliss!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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Be A Heretic for Your Dreams – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday May 13, 2009

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

~ Albert Einstein

einstein2Do you have a great idea; a dream so big that it could change everything? This Einstein quote highlights his observation that those who bring real change are always met with resentment by the purveyors of the status quo.

Throughout history, ideas that eventually gained wide acceptance were greeted with mistrust or as revolutionary or heresy. Those who conceived them have been called lunatics, heretics, and worse.

The fact is that if you have an idea – no matter how great – that shakes up the status quo, you are going to encounter this force of resistance.

Are you ready? Do you believe strongly enough in your idea, in your cause to be ridiculed and called heretic for it? Are you so committed to your path that you are willing to risk it all to see it through to fruition?

Here are few famous failures to remind you that “the experts” don’t always know what they are talking about.

Believe in yourself. Believe in your idea. Believe in your vision of what can be! Proudly be a heretic for your idea and go for it! That’s what has always changed the world.

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Author Graham Hancock said, “We are a species with amnesia.” This book begins the awakening. Is it fact? Is it fiction? You decide!

Your Most Important Decision – The Affirmation Spot for Monday October 20, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Important…my contribution is so unique and so important that the unfolding of the entire universe relies on my full efforts.” (click to hear it now)

“The most important decision we make,” declared Albert Einstein, “is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” Einstein was really on to something here. From that decision, you decide how you respond to the world. You decide how you interpret the events that come into your life.

Is your life filled with friendly events and people that, while sometimes challenging, create an opportunity for growth or are events and people hostile? Do you live in a world of plenty for all or a world of scarcity and lack?

Many people think of love and hate as opposites. In reality, fear is the opposite of love. Fear is born out of seeing the world as predominantly hostile and people as predominantly bad. Love thrives when we see the universe as a friendly place.

Think about that for a moment. How much of the information that circulates in our collective consciousness today is based on fear? Those seeds of fear have convinced many that the world is a hostile, dangerous place rather than a place of possibility and opportunity.

The good news is that you are ultimately the masters of your own thoughts. You can decide to see the world as a shadowy place always ready to spring a threat upon you; always ready to rob you of what you have. You can see other people as evil and eager to pillage you if you don’t pillage them first.

Or, you can also decide to stand tall and allow sunshine to fill your mind and your heart and see the world with new eyes. You can choose to burst the bubble of fear and dwell in a realm of love.

No doubt, the choice to dwell in that world has its difficulties. We still have to deal with the actions of people who continue to be trapped by their fears. Those actions can sometimes be destructive.

Nonetheless, if you reject the possibility of your own transformation and fail to start down the path to that possible world, how can you ever expect them to do so?

Don’t kid yourself into thinking that seeing the world as friendly and loving is an easy task. Some people will read this article and think, “That would be nice, but it’s not realistic.” They might chide you for trying to live in love rather than fear.

I have a simple question for those people. We have tried the fear approach for thousands of years. Where has it gotten us? Even if you cannot be love-centered 100% of the time it’s still a worthwhile goal, isn’t it?

There are always going to be examples that can drag you back into the the fear mindset, if you let them. Over time, though, it is possible to progress away from fear towards love.

The question is will you boldly take the first step and lay down your fears in the hope of a better world? As Einstein said, the choice is yours.

Stay true to you!

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Wayne Dyer: Change The Way You Look at Things

Today’s thought:
“When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.”

~Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer was a world famous motivation expert. His writings and teachings have played a huge role in the turnaround I experienced in my life. He sold millions of books and continues to sell out venues around The United States.

Wayne had a unique way of taking deep spiritual and psychological principles and making them simple and easy to apply to our lives.

The following clip was taken from one of his numerous appearances on PBS over the years. He is discussing how we look for solutions to our internal situations in the outside world.

Runtime: 3 minutes 36 seconds

Here are more than 30 motivational quotes from Wayne.

Wayne’s Website

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Why Affirmations? – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday May 18, 2008

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”

~ Albert Einstein

This quote is as true for own lives as it is for the world.

One question I get all the time is, “Why do you believe in affirmations? Aren’t they just wishful thinking?”

People often conjure up images of Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live and think affirmations are ridiculous or only for people in some recovery program.

The truth is that affirmations are an extremely powerful tool that anyone can use to regain control of a very important thing – their thinking. And, as Einstein’s quote points out, if we are to change our lives and our world we must change our thinking.

Corporations, governments, religious institutions, even your friends spend a lot of money and time advertising to you to get you to modify your thoughts about them, their products, or their ideologiy because they know thoughts lead to behavior. They want to modify your behavior. They often do so successfully.

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

 ~Soren Kierkegaard

Affirmations are a way of countering this outside noise with thoughts you choose yourself. It’s kind of your own advertising campaign for you.

My experience with affirmations began shortly after I recovered from a very serious hospitalization when I was 25. My doctors told me I should have died. My electrolytes crashed and I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease.

I was scared, depressed, unemployed, and forced to start all over again. I began using affirmations as a way to improve my mental attitude, but quickly realized they could help me improve my skills, my confidence, or just about any area of my life I was committed to improve.

I was not the sit in front of the mirror Stuart Smalley kind of person. So, I began recording affirmation tapes with affirmations about nearly every area of my life. I wrote and recorded affirmations about health, finances, spirituality, relationships, personal growth, confidence, career, and many more. I played the tapes at night when I went to bed.

Soon I began to see my life move forward and change in positive ways. I found that the negative thoughts that had me depressed were being countered in my internal self-talk by the positive words from the affirmations. The more I listened to the affirmations the more they became embedded in my thought processes and became the standing answers to counter negativity.

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”

~Voltaire

Affirmations, along with some other practices like meditaton, made all the difference in my life. In many ways, they helped me go from down and out to a successful career, business, and family life.

So you see, when I talk about affirmations and their power to change lives I’m not talking from theory, but from personal experience.

Last year the time seemed right to begin sharing what I’d been doing all these years with others. That was the impetus for founding The Affirmation Spot. My goal is to create an easy, no hassle way to improve the lives of others.

The site recently celebrated its one year anniversary and I am happy to say that people on four continents are now enjoying the benefits of their own personal ad campaigns. They are taking back their thoughts, changing their lives, and restoring lost hope.

As year two begins for the website, I’m encouraged that many people are starting to recognize the benefits of quick, easy audio affirmations that can be played anywhere. I’m proud of the journey I’ve been on and look forward to contributing to the journeys of many other people.
“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

My passion is to let more and more people know they already have the resources needed to face life’s challenges and come out ahead.

 

Stay inspired!

Ray

http://www.theaffirmationspot.com

Dictionary of Human Behavior – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday March 13, 2008

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“My world is what I make of it and I choose to make it a peaceful place to be.”
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I hesitated greatly before deciding to post today’s article. The dictionary is a bit – but only a bit – tongue-in-cheek. My analysis is dire, but hopeful. I try to keep this blog positive. I want people to find in it place they can come every day to be inspired, englightened, or reminded how special they are.

Sometimes, however, light comes along with heat. Satire is a tool for awakening. And so, I present a dictionary of words that might differ slightly from the definitions you’ll find in Webster’s or at Dictionary.com. Unfortunately, these definitions are,  all too often, closer to the truth.

You may find yourself chuckling because it describes someone you know or even you at times. Actually, it describes all of us sometimes.

What I’d ask you, make that implore you, to think about as you read these is whether a world in our current situation can long survive while so many still embody these definitions? The weapons of mass destruction genie is out of the bottle. The choices we continue to make in our own self-interests on this planet are very soon to have consequences, if we do not mend our ways and our fences.Omar Bradley

General Omar Bradley
once said,

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.”

We need to be quickly about the business of reversing that trend. So, read, laugh, enjoy, and think today.









Dictionary of Human Behavior

  • Evidence – a set of facts neatly arranged and carefully worded to support your  point of view.
  • Proof – “independent” verification of  your evidence by those who share your point of view.
  • Truth – the set of evidence and proof you are not willing to part with no matter how much evidence and proof others presents to counter it.
  • Lies – the label given to any evidence or proof contradicts or disagrees with your point of view.
  • Traitor – the label given to others who present legitimate reasons why your point of view may not be valid. The label is a last resort to silence them.
  • Peace – a beautiful, but ultimately, impossible dream shared by children and the naive.
  • Naive – people who just can’t understand why we must kill all of them because they are a threat to the world. 
  • Hypocrisy – a word used to describe how they don’t live up to their principles without requiring a careful evaluation of how closely you live up to yours.
  • Sinner – the practicioners of any system (political, religious, or otherwise) that does not precisely conform to your point of view.
  • Evil – a label used to describe the practicioners of other systems used to rally support among us for attacking them.
  • Nuclear war – 1) a war making use of highly destructive devices designed with the extinction of your opponent in mind. 2) The unthinking person’s answer to every world problem as in, “We should just nuke’em.” 
  • Enemy – see Them.
  • Me – the center of the universe where all truth resides. An individual ego structure that gives  you the unalienable right to believe that your nation, religion, political system, culture, family, needs, wants, or dreams are of more value than those of others on the planet simply because they are yours.
  • Us – we (as opposed to them) those who look, think, believe, and were, by fate, born in the same place as you. A group ego structure confident of its complete and eternal superiority to them. A group thus blessed because of its good fortune to have had you born in it or join it.
  • Them – see Enemy. Those who look, think, believe, and were, by fate, born some place different than you. They are lesser than us and should conform to our world view of the world or face the destruction they deserve.
  • Religion – an institution invoking God as the final arbiter to prove the superiority of everything about you and us over the inferiority of everything about them.
  • Politics – an instrument used for implementing your point of view as the official policy of a political entity up to and including the entire world.
  • Justice – the justified act of exacting revenge upon them by us as redress for a real or perceived wrong.
  • Murder – the unjustified act of exacting revenge upon us by them as redress for a real or perceived wrong.

Now, I can already sense fingers starting to rise and point at the opposition and the words, “BUT, THEY…” forming on your lips. Fine. That is working well for us. Let’s keep it up. In another generation or two (maybe sooner), that should have us and them nose to nose ready to unleash nuclear, biological, or chemical war on each other.

General Bradley has another famous quote that is applicable here, “We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.” Was he right or was he wrong?

There are four camps that allow this situation to persist and put all of us in peril. Keep in mind that both them and us have all of these factions.

  1. Profiteers – those who profit from the global war economy and see profit as superior to an end to human suffering.
  2. Partisans – those who really, honestly believe that our problems will be solved by killing all of them.
  3. Moral High Grounders – by far the largest group, these are the enablers of the first two groups. It usually derives some benefit from the status quo (economic, political, or spiritual).  This group recognizes the problem I’m describing but sees no options. This group doesn’t really think peace is possible. It has really bought into the idea that they get up in the morning with nothing more on their minds than to hurt us. We have no option but defend ourselves. However, this group sticks to the moral high ground that, “We will put our weapons down and stop killing them right after they put their weapons down and stop killing us.”
  4. Activists this is the small group of people in every society who recognize the precipice we dance upon.  This group speaks and acts to wake the other three groups. This group goes by names like reformer, protestor, social commentator, poet, prophet, sage, writer, radical. Generally, they are people ridiculed by the status quo for daring to challenge it. Others are discouraged from joining or thinking such blaphemous thoughts about the established order.

Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”

The U.S., China, or Russia cannot solve these problems by adding another $100 billion to their “defense” budgets and engage in a “surge” to solve these problems. This problem is not just caused by “Muslim extremists”, “American imperialism”, or “UN inaction”.

It is a crisis, as it has been from the beginning, of the human heart. It is a crisis created because our fears are bigger than our dreams. It is a crisis driven by the belief that killing each other is simpler than co-existing and respecting. It is a crisis that will only be solved by thinking at a level beyond the thinking that created it.

The stakes for the planet and for our species are huge! We are facing change or extinction – plain and simple. The problems are large, but the promise that lies within each human heart dwarfs them. The cumulitive promise of 6 billion human hearts is incalculable.

I know only this, in closing, if 6 billion people decided today that we wanted a different world. We would have it in an instant. Why shouldn’t we?

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

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