Sunday Snippet with Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”

We kicked off the first ever Sunday Snippet last week with great quote from Paulo Coelho. He taught us about how we may be sabotaging our own success. This week, we turn to world renowned physicist Albert Einstein for some words of wisdom, but he doesn’t offer us anything directly about physics. Instead, he reminds us of the importance of imagination.

Knowledge, by its very definition, is limiting. With knowledge, our goal is to learn as much information available, but this is inherently limited by the the current body of knowledge. We cannot extend beyond what is already known and, even then, we may be faced with too much information. Yes, it’s important to learn and it’s important to gain knowledge, but imagination goes so much further than that.

Imagination knows no bounds. It is not restricted by the accepted laws of physics or the conventions of government. Imagination gives us the ability to see and to conceive of the world in wholly unique ways. It is with this child-like, wide-eyed wonder that we are able to gain new perspective and approach challenges in original ways. It is through imagination that we were first treated to wireless telecommunications, the internal combustion engine, and bifocal eyeglasses.

The great Albert Einstein was anything but conventional. He saw the world in ways never before imagined and provided us with plenty of great quotes along the way. With knowledge, you can learn more about Einstein. With imagination, you can surpass him.