Saturday, 25 August 2012

Einstein on crisis, allegedly

Albert Einstein
We came across this (alleged) quote from Albert Einstein (allegedly), below. We don't know if it's a true quote or not, and can't find it in the enormous Oxford Quotations book we have gathering dust on the shelf, nor anywhere supposedly (allegedly?) quoting the genius. But it makes sense - especially the bit that says that things won't change if we keep doing the same thing. Another (alleged) quote from Einstein says (allegedly), 'A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result' - which is rapidly leading us to something you have been seeing for a while and should take note of:>>>YOU WILL SOON BE UNABLE TO READ ITEMS SUCH AS THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE SUBSCRIBED. Subscription information will be available soon.

As we were saying, here's the quote, allegedly about the economies of Europe, though Einstein was probably writing about the Depression of 1929 - before he had to flee from the Nazis (not at all allegedly):

Let's not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. 
Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night. It's in crisis that inventive is born, as well as discoveries, and big strategies. Who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. Who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent, and is more respectful to problems than to solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis. 
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There's no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It's in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead.
Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.

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