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I love this response from an 83 year old man on a Quora post asking ” If you could time travel and meet your 28-year-old self, what would you say”:

You only have about 70 years left, so don’t waste them on:

  • Earning more money than you need
  • Learning more things than you need or are interested in
  • Buying more items than you need
  • Getting more friends than you need
  • Eating more food than you need
  • Trying to impress people out of vanity
  • Spending money on conspicuous consumption
  • Wasting other people’s time
  • Pursuing goals that have no purpose
  • Getting involved in projects that you have doubts about
  • Getting involved with people you are not serious about
  • Trying to be smart for the sake of it
  • Other people’s opinions if you have no intention of accepting them
  • Imposing your beliefs and opinions on others
  • Trying to find meaning and purpose in life other than your instincts

I would also say:

  • Keep a diary
  • Organise your life
  • Don’t get into debt
  • Don’t assume you will ever have time to do anything you can’t do now
  • Don’t involve yourself with people who intend to use you
  • Don’t use other people
  • Learn to trust those who accept your trust
  • Value people for their true worth
  • Learn to talk to your parents
  • Learn to talk to women (and learn to listen)
  • Learn to talk to yourself
  • Learn to believe in yourself
  • Learn to be tolerant of others
  • Learn to think before you speak
  • Learn to think before you answer
  • Learn to appreciate the moment
  • Learn to share your thoughts
  • Learn to respond according to the situation

I know that 70 years sounds like a long time when looking forward. It is yesterday when looking backward. Learn that before it happens.

Goodbye, and see you there.

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Einstein on Science & Prayer

January 19, 1936

My dear Dr. Einstein,

We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men to try and have our own question answered.

We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for?

We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis’s class.

Respectfully yours,

Phyllis


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January 24, 1936

Dear Phyllis,

I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer:

Scientists believe that every occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer, that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish.

However, we must concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect, so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final, ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains widespread even with the current achievements in science.

But also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.

With cordial greetings,

your A. Einstein

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The script I'm starting, it's about flowers. No one's ever done a movie about flowers before. So there are no guidelines...

Donald Kaufman:

What about "Flowers for Algernon"?

Charlie Kaufman:

Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie.

Donald Kaufman:

Ok, I'm sorry, I never saw it.

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