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Wie lieb ich diesen edlen Mann, mehr als ich mit Worten sagen kann.
How much do I love that noble man, more than I could say with words.

These are the opening lines of a poem, entitled "Zu Spinozas Ethik", that Einstein composed in 1920. The precise date is not known, but I like to think that Einstein's visit to the Spinoza house in Rijnsburg on November 2 of that year evoked this emotional expression.