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Portrait Of Albert Einstein

I’ve always been a great admirer of Einstein.  I love the man and the way he dealt with life.  Certainly he wasn’t perfect but who of us are.  He was mostly an humble and gentle man and never claimed genius but stated that the information just flowed to him through his imagination.

He had a sense of humor, one of his less famous quotes, “if you’re kissing a pretty girl while driving, you’re not giving sufficient attention to the kiss”.

I list some facts that you may not be aware of.  His favorite hobbies, sailing and the violin.  He never learned to swim but never missed a chance to go sailing throughout his life where he could get away with his note pad and thoughts.  Einstein’s mother, Pauline, was an accomplished pianist and wanted her son to love music too, so she started him on violin lessons when he was six years old. Unfortunately, at first, Einstein hated playing the violin. He would much rather build houses of cards, which he was really good at (he once built one 14 stories high!), or do just about anything else. When Einstein was 13-years old, he suddenly changed his mind about the violin when he heard the music of Mozart. With a new passion for playing, Einstein continued to play the violin until the last few years of his life. For nearly seven decades, Einstein would not only use the violin to relax when he became stuck in his thinking process, he would play socially at local recitals or join in impromptu groups such as Christmas carolers who stopped at his home.

Already a high school drop out, he failed his 1st college entrance exam, and had to go to a secondary school in Switzerland.

He divorced his first wife because of an affair with his first cousin, Elsa whom he later married.  Einstein’s mother and Elsa’s were sisters.

Einstein was born with an abnormally big head. Combined with his late start in speaking, doctors were concerned he might be retarded.

As soon as Adolf Hitler was granted German citizenship and began to take power and spread his Nazi anti-Semitic ideas, the German-Jewish physicist Albert Einstein took a stand against Nazism and quickly took action to leave Germany. Einstein helped to organize a non-partisan group that stood united against fascism. Einstein, his family, and his secretary left Germany, and in March 1933, he renounced his German citizenship, declared his resignation from the Prussian Academy of Sciences, quickly separated himself from all German institutions that he had worked with, and announced that he would not return to Germany. Einstein stood against the Nazi regime and declared as he and his family moved to the United States of America in 1933: “I shall live in a land where political freedom, tolerance, and equality of all citizens reign.”  Hitler considered him public enemy number one.

At age 73 he was offered the presidency of Israel but refused saying, “I know a little about science but nothing about men, besides I’m getting a bit old”.

Part of Einstein’s charm was his disheveled look. In addition to his uncombed hair, one of Einstein’s peculiar habits was to never wear socks. Whether it was while out sailing or to a formal dinner at the White House, Einstein went without socks everywhere. To Einstein, socks were a pain because they often would get holes in them. Plus, why wear both socks and shoes when one of them would do just fine?

Although materialists and atheists try desperately to portray him an atheist, he was anything but.  He rejected the religions and the idea of a separate personal God but definitely believed in a higher intelligence as the Source of the universe.  In fact, on his deathbed, knowing he was dying, he stated that he wished to know the mind of God.

After his death, Einstein’s brain was removed during the autopsy, against his wishes. It later took a bizarre cross-country tour in the trunk of a car and remains an object of morbid fascination.

A few weeks before his death, doctors advised him of an aneurism and that he needed surgery.  He refused saying, “it is tasteless to prolong life artificially, it is time to go and I will do so elegantly”…………………….

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