Ladies and gentlemen, Albert freaking Einstein :)

I loved his response to a letter from a girl that essentially apologized for being a girl.

“I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.”

Simple. To the point. And written/said as a given, a fact. I also like that the he tossed in there that even though there was no reason she should apologize for being a girl, it didn’t matter what he thought; it only matters what she thinks. I wish I was as concise and eloquent (and smart and witty, I suppose) as Albert Einstein…heh, oh why, oh why aren’t I!?! 😛

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/09/dear-professor-einstein-girl/

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“Three things in human life are important…

…The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”  -Henry James

What is kindness? I think kindness is based on empathy and habit. It’s pretty self-evident how being kind to others involves the ability to imagine what it’s like in someone else’s shoes…but habit…actually I’m not sure if habit is the right word. What I mean is, I think kindness is like a muscle that needs to be exercised and developed. I don’t know why exactly but I do believe that we are all born inherently good and kind…I have no concrete proof of this, of course :-P. But I think it’s possible to lose that goodness if we’re consistently taught otherwise or even if we just forget to acknowledge kindness. I think that kindness as a default is a good thing to strive for…I think that in order to achieve that though, we need to consciously practice kindness, to develop a sort of muscle memory, because I feel like it can be really easy to forget about other people in our (very human) quest to improve ourselves…