Einstein vs. Wittgenstein

A nice comparison by Rex Allen from the everything-list:

http://groups.google.com/group/t/91619ec734588019

> Einstein’s “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”

I like Wittgenstein’s version better:

“It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists.”

I believe that here what John Mikes said will be also appropriate:

http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/msg/597a467f3a83b5d3

“What the WORLD is, if it exists (what does that mean?) what we call a “universe” or “existence” is hazy. No outside view.”


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  1. The original Wittgenstein quote went something like this, if my memory serves me:

    “Nicht wie die Welt is, ist das mystische, sonder dass sie ist.”

    “Not how but that the world is, is the mystical.”

  2. Thank you for the original quote. In German it is shorter and more expressive. Google finds the quoute by Rex more than 4000 times, so it seems that it is pretty common.