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All Great Discoveries Have Involved a Leap of Intuition

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“Certainly there are things worth believing. I believe in the brotherhood of man and the uniqueness of the individual. But if you ask me to prove what I believe, I can’t. You know them to be true but you could spend a whole lifetime without being able to prove them. The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a leap — call it intuition or what you will — and comes out upon a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) quoted in the Life Magazine article Death of a Genius (May 2, 1955). Einstein was a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and poster boy for geniuses and bad hair days. As early as 1975, a variant of this quotation appears in The Human Side of Scientists by Ralph Oesper: “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

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