Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein (attributed), Germany/United States, 1879-1955

If you read all those quotes from Albert Einstein, his aphorisms alone already make him a genius – you don’t even need relativity and all this scientific stuff we ordinary humans understand so little about.

It is disputed whether Einstein actually said this (which reminds me about another quote, attributed to Abraham Licoln: The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it’s difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine), but that is not the point for now.

The point is, often we are trying to make fish climb trees, and get frustrated with them when they are failing. At least, I feel too often like a fish in a tree.