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1, Jul 29, 2010

Einstein’s Five Maxims for Creative Excellence

Filed under: Career — admin @ 1:27 am

Here is what I read on one weekend many months ago. I wrote down the key points but forgot where I read it. Since the note was still scattered around my desk, I assume it has not been taken care of. Hence, I post it here.

1. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
2. Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. [This means you read too much of other people’s thought and got into the habit of thinking through others, losing your own creativity. I would assume a thinking head is better than no-brain one]

3. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. [I like this piece. Indeed, keep alive your curiosity and never get trapped in daily drudgeries]

4. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. [True]

5. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. [This challenges your understanding]

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