17 October 1963
Director Gunnar Jahn
Norges Banks Valuta-kontor
2 vre Slottsgate
My wife and I were filled with emotion to receive your kind letter of 14 October, after great and heartening surprise
of the news of 10 October, that I had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now I am especially happy to have received your
own congratulations, which are extended to include my wife also – and especially happy to have you say that you personally
do not know anybody who so much deserves getting the Nobel Peace Prize.
It has been difficult for me to assess my own work in the cause of peace. I have from time to time wished that I did
not need to sacrifice time and effort in the work for peace, which I might otherwise devote to the activity in which I find
so much pleasure, that of carrying on research in science and medicine. But I have felt, year after year, that it was my duty
to make whatever contribution it was possible for me to make in the effort to bring reason into the world, to abolish the
immorality of war, and to prevent the destruction of civilization that would be almost inevitable if a great war were now
to break out in the world.
And, during recent years, your friendship has been a source of inspiration to my wife and me.
We are looking forward with great anticipation to seeing you in Oslo in December.