„To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant, As quoted in Courage: the heart and spirit of every woman : reclaiming the forgotten virtue (2001) by Sandra Ford Walston
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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
From the same 24 March 1954 letter as above, p. 44

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