In his autobiography, Disturbing the Universe, Freeman
Dyson cites a letter Einstein wrote to his oldest friend, Michele Besso:
"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
To hear Freeman Dyson speak on » The Stubborn Illusion of Time (Real Player, 3:23) click on the link.
That Eistein was smart, wasn't he?