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Albert Einstein’s happiness notes sold for $1.5m


Albert Einstein’s happiness notes sold for $1.5m

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Image caption The two notes sold for $1.56m and $240,000 – way higher than their estimates

Two notes written by Albert Einstein describing his theory for happy living have sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m).

Einstein gave the notes to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip.

He had just heard that he had won the coveted prize and told the messenger that, if he was lucky, the notes would become valuable.

Einstein suggested in the notes that achieving a long-dreamt goal did not necessarily guarantee happiness.

The German-born physicist had won the Nobel Prize for physics and was in Japan on a lecture tour.

When the courier came to his room to make a delivery, he did not have any money to reward him.

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Image caption Einstein (seen here in 1950) wrote the hotel notes shortly after winning the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics

Instead, he handed the messenger a signed note – using stationery of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo – with one sentence, written in German: "A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it."

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A second note written at the same time simply reads: "Where there's a will, there's a way." It sold for $240,000, Winner's auction house said.

The winning bids for both notes were far higher than the pre-auction estimated price, the auctioneers said.

It said the buyer of one of the notes was a European who wished to remain anonymous.

The seller is reported to be the nephew of the messenger.

Albert's advice: Other famous examples

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity

(Sources: The Yale Book of Quotations/BrainyQuote)

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