On Sailing | Albert Einstein, 1936-1938

Albert Einstein, Saranac Lake in New York, 1936                                                      Albert Einstein sailing, 1936

"I like sailing, because it is the sport that demands the least energy."

Albert Einstein
Ronald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, 1971

Albert Einstein rowing on Lower Saranac Lake. Jacob Billikopf is in the stern and actress 
Luise Rainer is in the bow, 1937. Courtesy of David Marshall Billikopf.

"I love to travel, but hate to arrive."

Albert Einstein

Sergey Konenkov, Albert Einstein at Saranac Lake                                            Lotte Jacobi, Albert Einstein, 1938

“A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.”

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein sailing his boat on Saranac Lake, NY

"My sailing system set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, 
loll back, let boat drift."

Albert Einstein

When Einstein attended college at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, he fell in love
 with sailing. He would often take a boat out onto a lake, pull out a notebook, relax, and think.
Even though Einstein never learned to swim, he kept sailing as a hobby throughout his life.


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