Zitat von Albert Einstein - The Einstein Scrapbook (Ze'ev Rosenkranz, 2002)

"Ich fühle mich sehr geehrt von dem Angebot, dem Staat Israel als Präsident zu dienen, doch kann es, trauriger- und beschämenderweise, nicht annehmen. Mein ganzes Leben habe ich objektiven Themen gewidmet, deshalb verfüge ich weder über die Fähigkeiten, noch über die Erfahrung, um dieses Amt auszuüben."

"I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel [to serve as President], and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions. For these reasons alone I should be unsuited to fulfill the duties of that high office, even if advancing age was not making increasing inroads on my strength. I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human bond, ever since I became fully aware of our precarious situation among the nations of the world."

Zitat von Albert Einstein