As a 5-year-old sick in bed, Einstein was given an old compass by his father. He often wrote about the object in his journals, describing how it mysteriously swayed North at all times, "I can still remember...that this experience made a deep and lasting impression on me. Something deeply hidden had to be behind things," he wrote. It certainly instilled in him a deep love for solving life's greatest questions, even those that seem mundane.
Einstein's love for music reportedly began when he first heard Mozart at 13, though he had been begrudgingly taking violin lessons for the previous 8 years. He often wrote of the musical genius's music in his journals, and attended a great many concerts featuring his music.
The Spanish novel was a favorite of Einstein's. Many of his students said they often saw the book amongst his things. He said of Cervantes's epic, "It is a drama, a drama of ideas. It ought to be absorbing and highly interesting."
"Five houses painted five different colors stand in a row. One person of a different nationality lives in each house. The five home owners all drink some type of beverage, smoke a certain cigar brand, and have a certain kind of pet. But none of the owners drink the same beverage, smoke the same type of cigar, or have the same pet.
1. The Brit lives in the red house. 2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets. 3. The Dane drinks tea. 4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house. 5. The green house's owner drinks coffee. 6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill. 8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk. 9. The Norwegian lives in the first house. 10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats. 11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill. 12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer. 13. The German smokes Prince. 14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. 15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water."
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A guilt-ridden lover of meat, Einstein became a vegetarian late in life. He said in 1954, "So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore."