I've got some favorite Einstein quotes, too. He has left us several famous statements, some made vocally, others from his voluminous correspondence.
He expounded on the relationship between science and religion numerous times, beginning in the 1920s. My favorite of these is from his book, The World As I See It:
A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.
Zionists have culled from Einstein's many statements about a possible Israel, beginning in 1919. Many supporters of Israeli expansion cite Einstein as an endorsee of their model. Others assert he did not look positively upon some Israeli policies, from the very beginning of the nation's history.
One of Einstein's most comprehensive quotes doesn't appear on the web in its entirety. At least, I can't find the entire word string, after several searches. Apparently, Einstein made the statement on April 17, 1938, in a speech at the Commodore Hotel in New York City. There doesn't appear to be an on-line transcript of the entire speech. The first sentence of this statement appears widely, but this may be the first time as much of it as I'm quoting below appears on the web. It is cited in Bitter Harvest (3rd edition, New York: Olive Branch Press) by Sami Hadawi. The notes cite the quote as being from The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time (New York: Exposition Press, 1965) by Moshe Menuhin (the father of Yehudi Menuhin):
I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish State. Apart from practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish State, with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain – especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a Jewish State. We are no longer the Jews of the Maccabee period. A return to a nation in the political sense of the word, would be equivalent to turning away from the spiritualization of our community which we owe to the genius of our prophets.
This statement is published here today as preface to a poll on Israeli expansion. I decided that as soon as the Obama administration was presented with new evidence of continuing Israeli expansion in the Occupied Territories, I would conduct a poll on that in Alaska.
The Israelis have announced plans to greatly expand settlements. They did this just before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Middle East. To date, no official from the Obama administration has made a public statement about the expansion plans, which defy international law. We have wanly objected to continuing demolitions of Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
The ascending star of the man who has emerged as the main beneficiary of last month's Israeli election is Avigdor Lieberman, an unapologetic, forthright expansionist.
Here is the poll:
Be allowed to continue to expand
Be forced back to the 1967 borders
Be forced back to the 1947 borders
Frozen at current settlement levels
Be allowed to expel all non-Jews (from inside Israel) and expand (to occupy ALL the West Bank)
You can only vote for one category