TWO notes written by Albert Einstein about his views on happiness were put up for an auction in Jerusalem (耶路撒冷), late October. Back in 1922,
Einstein was in Tokyo (東京) to deliver a lecture and learned that he was the newest winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
At that time, a Japanese courier delivered two letters to Einstein, who was staying at the Imperial Hotel. Einstein wrote two notes for the man as a tip. Einstein told the courier to hold onto those notes, and that “maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip”.
The notes said, “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest”, and “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Both are in German, and the seller, a relative of the messenger, wishes to remain anonymous.
(This article is published on Goodies on 01 November 2017)