Anecdotes and stories for speeches, essays, toasts and more


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This funny anecdote could be used to talk about Albert Einstein, determination, opinions, reputation, intelligence, brains, intellect, potential, doing your best, believing in yourself, science, physics, failing, never giving up, perseverance, efforts, faith in yourself, hope and more.


Einstein and the statue

A church in New York decided to put up statues of eight of the world's most famous scientists. One of those selected was Albert Einstein. Einstein, who was still living was asked how he felt to be immortalized in stone outside of a church. Einstein answered, "From now on and for the rest of my life, I must be very careful not to commit a scandal."

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