Albert Einstein is making headlines once again, this time for his wise words on happiness that got sold for more than $1 million
Back in November 1922, Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a lecture series and learned he’d been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. News of him arriving spread quickly and Einstein decided to write down his own thoughts and feelings.
That’s when he received a delivery from the messenger, who either “refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change available.” However, Einstein wrote two short notes and gave them to the him. “If you are lucky, the notes themselves will someday be worth more than some spare change,” Einstein told the messenger. The story of these events comes from a resident of Hamburg, Germany, who is reported to be a relative of the messenger.
Those notes carrying the thoughts and autograph of Albert Einstein on how to live a happy life sold at a Jerusalem auction house for $1.8 million.
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” reads one of the notes, written in German on the hotel’s stationery.
This letter was sold for $1.56 million whereas it had originally been estimated to sell for somewhere between $5,000-$8,000.
The other note read: “When there’s a will, there’s a way,” and was sold for $240,000 and was initially estimated to sell for $6,000.