Virginia Lou

There is a quotation from Albert Einstein I would love to hear everyone's comment on...and without intending to constrain anyone, ideally it would be wonderful to answer without entering into the question of God. v. atheism?

The quote is; 
"The most wonderful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

Also, I have not checked Quotebusters to confirm Einstein really did say this, but to me it does sound like something he would come up, if you are inclined, I would love to hear your impression!

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Maurice Korvo Profile
Maurice Korvo answered

Why do you think it had anything to do with God/Atheism?  It sounds to me like a person who looks into something he does not know, and finds that there are so many other things that cannot be explained.  And every answer he gets brings more questions.  A person with a love of science.  And a person with a love of art, for he can perhaps feel the unknown and put it into a form using art.

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Jann Nikka
Jann Nikka commented
Sweet 😊
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Oh yes that is quite lovely, Korvo One! ty...
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Hmmm...Korno One, to address your own question a bit more, as I listen to the perspective of atheism I have been concerned because it seems that if you accept mystery, then that some how implies you accept God...
So by that qualification, I was attempting to suggest the idea of an exploration of mystery without necessarily tying it to the concept of a Divinity...
Ray  Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

Science, particularly the science of the very large (mainly about gravity) that Einstein espoused, and the science of the very small (mainly from Niels Bohr) is far more engaging than any merely philosophical semi-religious consideration.

Einstein himself (an atheist) said (after translation and rationalisation) " I cannot believe that god plays dice with the universe"

He needed a deity to pronounce upon.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
To me it seems a fine answer, RDart
Ray  Dart
Ray Dart commented
@Thrice - yes he was, very vociferously so.
Ray  Dart
Ray Dart commented
From wiki " Einstein once wrote: "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but expressed it clearly"
HappyTo BeHereTo Profile

What a lovely quote!  Thank you for posting it.  I went searching and found the full text.  (Yes, it's from Albert.)

The more we learn, the more we realize how much we don't know.  I find this humbling and inspiring. 

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Right on Sister HappyTwo, me too, ty for lovely answer
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Happy I had not known where the quote came from; this is a remarkable find, likely the best summation Einstein ever gave of his personal philosophy, would you think?
HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
Perhaps so. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also enjoyed Arthur's links.
Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I completely agree with Einstein's second sentence of this quote:

"He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: His eyes are closed."

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Veronica Dultry answered

In that quote I find my curiosity. Without it being piqued on a regular basis, I'd be very bored and unhappy. My curiosity is my drive.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
What an interesting idea DragonFly...I am thinking that over still, and like it very much...curiosity as connected with the mysterious, thank you
Veronica Dultry
Veronica Dultry commented
Thank you for another thought provoking question, Virginia. Your questions are like little thought candies. :))
Charles Davis Profile
Charles Davis answered

According to what I have read and researched Einstein was not an atheist, he was more a Deiterist. He believed in the God of Spinoza, with the belief that God created the world and universe, but is only in nature, he does not interact with humans.

Religious views

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
That second one seems an especially remarkable document, Charles Davis...
I was intrigued by this: "The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal."

thank you.
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
Einstein was actually a very interesting person. I see christians and atheists alike claim his beliefs yet he held neither, He never claimed to be atheist, he did however accept the title of agnostic.

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