Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The ten commandments of Leó Szilárd

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Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard

  1. Recognize the connections of things and laws of conduct of men, so that you may know what you are doing.
  2. Let your acts be directed toward a worthy goal, but do not ask if they will reach it; they are to be models and examples, not means to an end.
  3. Speak to all men as you do to yourself, with no concern for the effect you make, so that you do not shut them out from your world; lest in isolation the meaning of life slips out of sight and you lose the belief in the perfection of creation.
  4. Do not destroy what you cannot create.
  5. Touch no dish, except that you are hungry.
  6. Do not covet what you cannot have.
  7. Do not lie without need.
  8. Honor children. Listen reverently to their words and speak to them with infinite love.
  9. Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.
  10. Lead your life with a gentle hand and be ready to leave whenever you are called.

Leó Szilárd

Written by nevalalee

November 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

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  1. Reblogged this on where i keep my stuff and commented:
    Too good not to reblog.

    Amy Keeley

    November 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  2. Be sure to read William Lanouette’s “Genius in the Shadows.”

    David Herz

    October 24, 2016 at 8:50 am

  3. @David Herz: Thanks for the recommendation! This looks very good.


    November 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

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