Notes of Advice From Einstein Written in Lieu of Tip Fetch $1.8 Million at Auction

Photo via AP Images.
Photo via AP Images.

Once, while he was traveling, Albert Einstein either found himself without any cash to tip a delivery man, or the messenger refused to accept. So he scribbled a couple of notes of advice, and they’ve just sold at auction for over a million dollars total. Today, of course, he’d get dragged for three days on Twitter before issuing an apology via Notes.

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According to the AFP, in 1922, Einstein was in Japan for a lecture series, when he learned he won’d won the Nobel, making him a very hot commodity. And then:

A courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver Einstein a message. The courier either refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change available.

Either way, Einstein didn’t want the messenger to leave empty-handed, so he wrote him two notes by hand in German, according to the seller, a relative of the messenger.

“Maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip,” Einstein told the Japanese messenger, according to the seller, a resident of Hamburg, Germany, who wished to remain anonymous.

The notes said: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” which sold for $1.56 million according to the Washington Post, and, “When there’s a will, there’s a way,” which went for $240,000.

Some asshole is absolutely going to try this in lieu of tipping sometime in the next two weeks; don’t be that guy.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

DISCUSSION

janeka001
Nihongo Hanashimasen.

There were at least two times in Tokyo where I left a tip and the waitress ran after me and refused to take my money. I was finally informed by a helpful person that there is pride in providing great service and it’s not something that should be paid extra for. They looked vaguely horrified that I tried to tip, I apologized profusely.