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Man, too, is more than flesh and blood; otherwise, no religions would have been possible.
Behind each cause is still another cause; the end or the beginning of all causes has yet to be found.
Albert Einstein, Telegram () sent to prominent Americans. In Robert Andrews Famous Lines: a Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations (1997), 340.
Nature is neither solely material nor entirely spiritual.
Another person present at the 1954 conversation offered his own slightly different transcription of Einstein's comments, which was published in the article "Death of a Genius" from the 2 May, 1955 issue of Life Magazine. We live now in a scientific age and in a psychological age. You know what the Herdenmenschen (men of herd mentality) can do when they are organized and have a leader, especially if he is a spokesmen for the Church.
"Einstein and the Poet" is viewable on Google Books here. But remember, that for God a thousand years is a day. I do not say that the unspeakable crimes of the Church for 2000 years had always the blessings of the Vatican, but it vaccinated its believers with the idea: We have the true God, and the Jews have crucified Him. Too often in history, men have followed the cry of battle rather than the cry of truth." When Hermanns asked him "Isn't it only human to move along the line of least resistance? It is indeed human, as proved by Cardinal Pacelli, who was behind the Concordat with Hitler.
Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.
When the expected course of everyday life is interrupted, we are like shipwrecked people on a miserable plank in the open sea, having forgotten where they came from and not knowing whither they are drifting...
William Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man (1983).