Einstein on Motivation

In my last post, I made a passing reference to Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. This reminded me of a beautiful quote in that book from Einstein about the purest motivation for doing science or indeed any high-level rational activity:

“A finely tempered nature longs to escape from his noisy cramped surroundings into the silence of the high mountains where the eye ranges freely through the still pure air and fondly traces out the restful contours apparently built for eternity.”


~ by theexaminedlife on June 6 2007.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: