Albert Einstein's notes on life and happiness to go on sale

'A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success'

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 24 October 2017 10:29
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Two notes written by Albert Einstein briefly describing his theory on happy living
Two notes written by Albert Einstein briefly describing his theory on happy living

Two notes written by Albert Einstein briefly outlining his thoughts on life and happiness are to go on sale 95 years after they were written.

Shortly after being informed he had won the Nobel Prize, Einstein took a trip to Japan to deliver a series of lectures.

The news spread quickly and the German physicist's fame had begun to grow as he arrived in Japan.

When a messenger came to his room at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and Einsten did not have a tip available, he gave him two notes, saying they could become more valuable in the future.

One, written on the official paper of the Imperial Hotel, said: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

On the other, written on a blank piece of paper, Einstein wrote: "Where there's a will there's a way."

He signed and dated both.

The two notes will go on sale at the Winner's auction house in Jerusalem.

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