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Quote about too much reading [ edit]

I tried finding a source for the widely quoted “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” I found a variant here, where it is quoted as being told to “M. K. Wisehart, A Close Look at the World’s Greatest Thinker, American Magazine, June 1930″. I’ve added this quote, but if someone can find the magazine itself, it would be better. shreevatsa 01:30, 2 July 2009 (UTC)[reply]

In case anyone else is curious, I looked up the June 1930 issue of American Magazine at a library, and this quote is indeed there, exactly as quoted. shreevatsa 03:28, 8 August 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Quotes or TRANSLATIONS of Quotes? [ edit]

I question that all of the claimed quotes here are in English. I do not know how fluent A.E. was in English, but I know that many of his his letters (or his speaking with native Germans) were in German. That being the case, this should make clear the FACT that a particular “quote” as provided here is a translation. (Which is done in some cases, but needs to be done exhaustively). Its also likely that during his Princeton and later years, some or most of what he said WAS in English, but I don’t know that. This page confuses what exactly Einstein said with various translators’ versions and with various alternative quotes. There is what he said, then there are people’s memory of that (if it isn’t recorded explicitly), then there are the various translations (and unfortunately interpretations) of his comments. The difference should be kept clear. It isn’t that hard, is it, to provide the original (Deutsch) is it? So, why not do it? 13:01, 13 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]


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