The Fields of Provence
The Provence region of France (now, properly called Provence-Alpes-Cote
d'Azur) has a mild, sunny climate perfect for growing flowers.  Fields of jasmine,
lavender and other perfume-yielding flowers stretch as far as the eye can see
throughout the region.  The city of Grasse, in Provence, has been home to a
thriving perfume industry since the 1800's and is known as the perfume capital
of the world.  Always well-visited on its Mediterranean coast, the region became
even more of a tourist destination after publication of the popular book, "A Year in
Provence."  The photos on this page were taken in the flower fields of Provence.
The quotes on this page are all attributed to Albert Einstein
(1879-1955), Nobel Prize winner and father of modern physics.
The ideals that have lighted my way time after time, and have given me
courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth.
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Our task in life must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace
all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Few people are capable of forming opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.  Few people see
with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
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I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious.
In matters of truth and justice, there's no difference between large and
small problems; issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
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I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
Successful people tend to receive a great deal from their fellow humans, usually
more than corresponds to their service to them.  The value of people, however,
should be seen in what they give, not in what they are able to receive.  Rather
than merely a person of success, try to become a person of value.
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology
has exceeded our humanity.
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Concern for others must always form the chief interest of all
endeavors, in order that the creations of our mind shall
be a blessing and not a curse to humankind.
A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend
on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in
order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
What we think of as common sense is really nothing more than the
collection of prejudices we've acquired by age eighteen.
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The important thing is to never stop questioning.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the
gift of imagination has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.
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