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    euroblanco, пожалуй сто хуёв.

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      Only those who realize the immense efforts and, above all, the
      devotion which pioneer work in theoretical science demands, can grasp the
      strength of the emotion out of which alone such work, remote as it is from
      the immediate realities of life, can issue. What a deep conviction of the
      rationality of the universe and what a yearning to understand, were it but a
      feeble reflection of the mind revealed in this world, Kepler and Newton must
      have had to enable them to spend years of solitary labour in disentangling
      the principles of celestial mechanics! Those whose acquaintance with
      scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily
      develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who,
      surrounded by a sceptical world, have shown the way to those like-minded
      with themselves, scattered through the earth and the centuries. Only one who
      has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what
      has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their
      purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that
      gives a man strength of this sort. A contemporary has said, not unjustly,
      that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are
      the only profoundly religious people.


      ***


      The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the
      fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
      He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is
      as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of
      mystery--even if mixed with fear--that engendered religion. A knowledge of
      the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the
      profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to
      our reason in their most elementary forms--it is this knowledge and this
      emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in
      this alone, I am a deeply religious man. I cannot conceive of a God who
      rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we
      are conscious in ourselves.


      ***



      Academic chairs are many, but wise and noble teachers are few;
      lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who
      genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small. Nature scatters her
      common wares with a lavish hand, but the choice sort she produces but
      seldom. We all know that, so why complain? Was it not ever thus and will it
      not ever thus remain? Certainly, and one must take what Nature gives as one
      finds it.



      Albert Einstein.
      The world as I see it

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