D O C U M E N T 1 0 8 M A R C H 1 9 2 2 1 1 5 Dear Langevin, I am not as resilient as ten years ago[3] and wish for nothing more dearly than the maximum peace and composure obtainable under the prevail- ing adverse conditions. Aside from the 4 presentations at your Collège[4] and the evening of debate at the philosophical society,[5] I do not want to attend any public sessions, and certainly not deliver another talk. Second, I beg you not to accept a single private invitation for me, not even with colleagues, and generally not sched- ule anything a priori. There will then be ample time for serious scientific discus- sions. But socializing for its own sake is an ordeal for me and once one starts with that it is difficult to cease, because one thing leads to the next.[6] Furthermore, I want absolutely nothing to do with journalists. However, I would quite like to say a word to one or the other serious politician, if the opportunity presented itself maybe something can be done, after all, against the harm that is being borne out into the world from your fine city. Furthermore, I would like to have occasion to speak with scientists about the possibility of restoring international relations in the scientific world, but not just with well-wishers and pacifists. I am objective enough to tolerate anything that is said without getting heavy-handed in any way. All these conversations would best be carried out during short walks but not at meals. This way I also avoid the otherwise inescapable flattery that is the norm at official din- ners or such larger social functions generally. Please do not take my obstinate nature amiss but otherwise I am not going to be able to endure the strain. Messrs. Barclay and Borel will surely understand my standpoint I cordially thank them for their invitations. If I refuse all invitations, the two of us can be together much more casually, too. Do please cancel the lunch in Boulogne for me as well.[7] Reason throughout: weak health. At the philosophical society I would prefer not to present a talk we could very well limit ourselves to a discussion instead, in such a manner that I reply to opin- ions stated by others.[8] It suffices that I be informed about the content shortly beforehand. You do not need to send me anything here. Dear Langevin, I am causing you a good deal of trouble and it is a thankless busi- ness, at that. But let us both operate in cheery spirits and try to avoid everything that from an objective point of view is not necessary. Otherwise we and others will just have vain endeavors and pain. The fewer the honors, the greater the informality and enjoyment. Cordial regards, yours, Einstein.
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