That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American physicist
Title essay (1931), The World As I See It (1949)

Essay also known as "Mein Weltbild" or "My Worldview." Source essay. Alternate translation: "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice."
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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