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.”

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~ by theexaminedlife on June 6 2007.

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