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101. To Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe and Reta
Lautrach, 16 August 1923
So I sit here quite perplexed
Criticize what? Well, what next!
Ever cheery
o’ th’ manor,
Constant sunshine in midsummer.
Many professors in a row,
Otherworldly, furrowed brow,
Shedding wisdoms without relief
Isn’t that beyond
Whether slipshod and unwashed
Or courteous and abashed
Or intelligently brimming over
Anyone else would take cover.
But the
is demure
All the same it is to her.
Plentifully serves her guests
Wonderfully mocks and jests
Teases boys, swims like a fish
Halfway housewife, halfway miss.
Paradise! Alas for me
That I have to go away.
Albert Einstein.
16 August 1923.
102. To Hendrik A. Lorentz
Lautrach, 16 August 1923
Highly esteemed and dear Mr. Lorentz,
This is going to be a difficult letter for me, but I must write it.
I were here together. He holds the view that it is not right of me to participate in a
conference (the Solvay conference) if my German colleagues are excluded on
You know that I can otherwise be quite stubborn. But in this case I
must unfortunately admit that he is right. For, it agrees with my conviction that no
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