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While Al­bert Ein­stein’s the­ory of hap­pi­ness may be rel­a­tive, it­fetched $1.3 mil­lion (Dhs4.8m) at an auc­tion re­cently. The No­bel-win­ning sci­en­tist’s mus­ings, hand­writ­ten on a note, may not be as fa­mous as his ground­break­ing the­ory of rel­a­tiv­ity, but they still shed lighton one of the great mod­ern minds. Win­ner’s Auc­tions and Ex­hi­bi­tions at oc­cu­pied Jerusalem said Ein­stein was trav­el­ling in Ja­pan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the No­bel Prize in physics. In Tokyo, ein­stein scrib­bled the note in Ger­man to a bellboy after he did not have cash to give him a tip. “A calm and mod­est life brings more hap­pi­ness than the pur­suit of suc­cess com­bined with con­stant rest­less­ness,” it reads.

Gal Wiener, CEO of the auc­tion house, said Ein­stein told the bellboy that be­cause of his fame, the hand­writ­ten note “will prob­a­bly be worth more than a reg­u­lar tip.” An­other note Ein­stein gave the bellboy, which read “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” was sold for over $200,000 (Dhs734,520), Wiener said.

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