Quote Book -[1]- People

Page 13 & 14 “Everybody acts not only under external compulsions but also in accordance with inner necessity.  Schopenhaurer’s saying that ‘a man can do as he wills, but not will as he will’ has been an inspiration to me since my youth”
Page 14 “To inquire after the meaning or object of one’s own existence or of creation generally has always seemed to me absurd from an objective point of view. And yet everybody has certain ideals which determine the direction of his endeavours and his judgements. In this sense I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves.   The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. The ordinary objectives of human endeavour – property, outward success, luxury – have always seemed to me contemptible.”
Page 17 “Let every man judge according to his own standards, by what he himself read, not by what others tell him”
page 13 “what is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? to answer this question all implies religion.  Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? i answer, the an who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life”
Page 32 “With primitive man it is above all fear that evokes religious notions – – fear of hunger, wild beasts, sickness, death.   Since at this stage of existence understanding of casual connections is usually poorly developed, the human mind creates for itself more or less analogous being on whose wills and actions these fearful happening depend”

“I am speaking now of the religion of fear. This, though not created, is in an important degree stabilised by the formation of a special priestly caste which sets up as a mediator between the people and the beings they fear, and erects a hegemony on this basis. In many cases the leader or ruler whose position depends on other factors, or a privileged class, combines priestly functions with its secular authority in order to make the latter more secure; or the political rulers and the priestly caste make common cause in their own interests.”

Source: Albert Einstein – The World As I See It