Quotes by Chancellors of Germany

Here are quotes from some German Chancellors;

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.-Otto von Bismarck

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood. -Otto von Bismarck

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. -Otto von Bismarck

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. -Otto von Bismarck

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. -Otto von Bismarck

A government must not waiver once it has chosen its course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward. -Otto von Bismarck

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. -Otto von Bismarck

With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half. -Otto von Bismarck

An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts. -Otto von Bismarck

Politics ruins the character. -Otto von Bismarck

You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart. – Georg Michaelis

I have never thought about my sexuality being right or wrong. To me it has always been a case of finding the right person. – – Georg Michaelis

Celebrity and secrets don’t go together. The bastards will get you in the end. – Georg Michaelis

Anybody who fights for human rights or to make this world a better place. Nurses, doctors, teachers: these are the people who deserve the credit these days. – Georg Michaelis

The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it’s total crap to pretend it’s not. – Georg Michaelis

I’m not stupid enough to think that I can deal with another 10 or 15 years of major exposure. I think that is the ultimate tragedy of fame… People who are simply out of control, who are lost. I’ve seen so many of them, and I don’t want to be another cliche. – Georg Michaelis

There’s no comfort in the truth, pain is all you’ll find. – Georg Michaelis

I am really not interested or excited by repeating former successes. – Georg Michaelis

“Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Too fair to worship, too divine to love.”― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The valor that struggles is better than the weakness that endures.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Evil resides in the very gaze which perceives Evil all around itself.”― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Education is the art of making man ethical. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think. ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Without democracy there is no freedom. Violence, no matter who is using it, is always reactionary. – Friedrich Ebert

Thus we have at least a national song that unites all Germans, and is the symbol of our sixty-million nation. – Friedrich Ebert

“Freedom and Justice are twin sisters.” – Friedrich Ebert

As science is more and more subject to grave misuse as well as to use for human benefit it has also become the scientist’s responsibility to become aware of the social relations and applications of his subject, and to exert his influence in such a direction as will result in the best applications of the findings in his own and related fields. Thus he must help in educating the public, in the broad sense, and this means first educating himself, not only in science but in regard to the great issues confronting mankind today. -Hermann Joseph Muller

To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer. –Hermann Joseph Muller

There is no permanent status quo in nature; all is the process of adjustment and readjustment, or else eventual failure. But man is the first being yet evolved on earth which has the power to note this changefulness, and, if he will, to turn it to his own advantage, to work out genetic methods, eugenic ideas, yes, to invent new characteristics, organs, and biological systems that will work out to further the interests, the happiness, the glory of the God-like being whose meager foreshadowings we the present ailing creatures are.-Hermann Joseph Muller

I do not remember how it got into my head to make the first calculations related to rocket. It seems to me the first seeds were planted by famous fantaseour, J. Verne. –Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Men are weak now, and yet they transform the Earth’s surface. In millions of years, their might will increase to the extent that they will change the surface of the Earth, its oceans, the atmosphere, and themselves.-Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Man must at all costs overcome the Earth’s gravity and have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

From the moment of using rocket devices, a great new era will begin in astronomy: the epoch of the more intensive study of the firmament. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

My entire life consisted of musings, calculations, practical works, and trials. Many questions remain unanswered; many works are incomplete or unpublished. The most important things still lie ahead. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

All the universe is full of the lives of perfect creatures. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Mankind will not forever remain on Earth but, in the pursuit of light and space, will first timidly emerge from the bounds of the atmosphere and then advance until he has conquered the whole of circumsolar space. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever. -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

“There stands the enemy (to the right), who drips his poison in the wounds of the people – There stands the enemy – and about that there is no doubt: the enemy stands on the Right!” – Joseph Wirth

No change in the balance of political parties can alter the general determination that no class should be excluded from contributing to and sharing responsibility for the state. –Gustav Stresemann

Just as the child is father to the man, so the impressions of one’s youth remain the most vivid in manhood. – -Gustav Stresemann

Just as the British subject loves England despite her faults, so we must insist that all Germans who were part of the old Germany and helped shape her, recognize the greatness and worthiness of present-day Germany. –Gustav Stresemann

I must begin by saying something about the old Germany. That Germany, too, suffered from superficial judgment, because appearances and reality were not always kept apart in people’s minds. –Gustav Stresemann

History uses a unit of measure for time that is different from that of the lifespan of the individual, whereas man is only too ready to measure the evolution of history by his own yardstick. – -Gustav Stresemann

During the past few years I have led a sometimes hard battle for German foreign policy. –Gustav Stresemann

As a confirmed individualist I certainly do not wish to underrate the influence of the individual, for the masses do not lead the individual; rather, in the individual is vested the capacity to lead the masses. -Gustav Stresemann

In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future. -Gustav Stresemann

Here we encounter two conflicting concepts with which we must come to grips in our time: the idea of national solidarity and the idea of international cooperation. -Gustav Stresemann

It is conceivable that a party might gain the majority in parliament and claims the government for itself.- Franz von Papen

It is to be hoped that the leaders of this movement will place the nation above the party. – Franz von Papen

The nation demands a movement which has written upon its banner the internal and external national freedom that it will act as if it were the spiritual, social and political conscience of the nation. – Franz von Papen

We decline the claim to power by parties which want to own their followers body and soul, and which want to put themselves over and above the whole nation. – Franz von Papen

The essence of conservative ideology is its being anchored in the divine order of things. – Franz von Papen

Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop. – Kurt von Schleicher

I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. -Adolf Hitler

Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless. -Adolf Hitler

The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention. -Adolf Hitler

Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized. -Adolf Hitler

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. -Adolf Hitler

We can do without butter, but, despite all our love of peace, not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns.-Joseph Goebbels

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. -Joseph Goebbels

If we are attacked we can only defend ourselves with guns not with butter. -Joseph Goebbels

It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion. -Joseph Goebbels

All parts of the human body get tired eventually – except the tongue. -Konrad Adenauer

The rare case where the conquered is very satisfied with the conqueror. -Konrad Adenauer

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt. -Konrad Adenauer

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured. -Konrad Adenauer

Only the stupidest calves choose their own butcher. -Konrad Adenauer

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity. -Konrad Adenauer

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. -Konrad Adenauer

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. – Ludwig Erhard

National autonomy in economic matters should not be an obstacle to a free world economic system. But to achieve free convertibility within the European Payments Union only would lead to further upheavals. The dollar and the pound sterling should be included in any such step, if a new single world market was to be created. A free political order implied a free economic order; this would stand foremost amongst the preoccupations of the new Bundestag. – Ludwig Erhard

In a community of free people the freedom of economic activity is an inseparable part of the whole, and only this freedom will ensure a life worth living. – Ludwig Erhard

A collectivist-totalitarian economic system, which in the final analysis serves only to glorify and increase the power of the state, can achieve great success in the easily controllable field of the basic industries but it will always remain incapable of serving man, in other words of providing the rich abundance of goods which gives the individual consumer a free choice and which enriches and beautifies his life. – Ludwig Erhard

As I have said time and again, the focal point of our economy is the individual. – Ludwig Erhard

Any liberal system must proceed from the assumption that freedom is one and indivisible and that elementary human freedom in all spheres of life must go hand in hand with political, religious, economic and spiritual freedom. The strategy of collectivist thinking has always been to split up this most essential and most universal of human values as a means of making inroads into the free system itself. – Ludwig Erhard

Power itself isn’t good or bad. – Kurt Georg Kiesinger

“If I were to say what is, next to peace, more important to me than anything else, then without qualification my answer would be: freedom. Freedom for many, not only for the few. Freedom of conscience and of opinion. Freedom as well from need and from fear.” – Willy Brandt

“I think my real success was in having contributed to the fact that in the world in which we live the name of our country, Germany, and the concept of peace can again be mentioned in the same breath.” – Willy Brandt

“To the sum total of my life belongs the insight that there is no complete hopelessness.” – Willy Brandt

“A welfare state is liberal only if it averts the danger of bureaucratic overgrowth and writes self-dependent involvement with capital letters. – Willy Brandt

“Wherever people are afflicted with grave suffering, it affects us all. Don’t forget: Whoever allows an injustice to continue for long is preparing the way for the next one.” – Willy Brandt

“Nothing happens of its own accord. And very little is lasting. Therefore – be aware of your strengths and of the fact that each era requires its own answers and you really must feel up to its expectations if you hope to achieve good things.” – Willy Brandt

“It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to keep it.” – Willy Brandt

“Peace is something more than the absence of war, although some nations would be thankful for that alone today. A durable and equitable peace system requires equal development opportunities for all nations.” – Willy Brandt

“One has to keep in mind the countless human tragedies that played out in these days. Through the middle of a city, where several thousand connections existed daily, despite administrative division, the concrete pillars were driven into the border, which was expanded like a Chinese wall.” – Willy Brandt

Democracy is not the end point of mankind. There may be developments in many different directions in the coming centuries. Democracy has only existed for about 200 years. It started out with the American Declaration of Independence. The Americans got their ideas from the Europeans, in the main from the French, the Dutch and the British. – Helmut Schmidt

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps. – Helmut Schmidt

When I became a soldier, I was drafted in 1937, and instead of being released two years later, I had to stay on because the war had started in the meantime. I was a soldier for more than eight years, as long a time as I was Chancellor. – Helmut Schmidt

The critical thing about Western democracy is the fact that you usually have a transition of power without bloodshed. That is an enormous advantage. But still, democracy as we know it was only invented recently in the West, historical speaking. It did not really work in ancient Rome. It functioned for less than 200 years in ancient Athens. – Helmut Schmidt

The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. – Helmut Schmidt

My education has been pro-England. I have been an England-minded citizen of Hamburg, and I am still in a way English-minded, but I have been disappointed by the Brits over the years. – Helmut Schmidt

People who have visions should go see a doctor. – Helmut Schmidt

Politicians and journalists share the same fate in that they often understand tomorrow the things they talk about today. – Helmut Schmidt

Political leaders normally act by making convincing speeches. – Helmut Schmidt

Population growth and the proliferation of mega-cities around the world redefines the entire global security agenda. – Helmut Schmidt

If a Chancellor is trying to push something through, he must be a man of power. And if he’s smart, he knows when the time is ripe. In one case – the euro – I was like a dictator… The euro is a synonym for Europe. -Helmut Kohl

I have been underestimated for decades. I have done very well that way. -Helmut Kohl

If one has no compass, when one doesn’t know where one stands and where one wants to go, one can deduce that one has no leadership or interest in shaping events. -Helmut Kohl

Political life is like this – elections go back and forth. Representative democracy can only be successful if one sits down and says, ‘That’s it. I will connect myself,’ – as I did – ‘connect my existence to a political project.’ Then you automatically have in your party a lot of people who say, ‘If that fails, so do I’. -Helmut Kohl

Two decisions have damaged the stability both of the euro and of Europe: the premature admission of Greece to the euro area and the breach and subsequent weakening of the stability and growth pact. -Helmut Kohl

I have every reason, despite the resentment and exasperation, to be proud. I have nothing better to be proud of than being proud of German unity. -Helmut Kohl

Isolated decisions, however well-founded they might seem to the individual, and national go-it-alone moves must belong to the past. They should not be the 21st-century method of choice, particularly because the consequences of the European community’s actions must often be carried collectively. –Helmut Kohl

I doubt that the evil spirits of the past, under which we in Europe have already suffered more than enough this century, have been banished for ever. -Helmut Kohl

We really believe our national interests are identical with European interests. – Gerhard Schröder

Germany is in favor of integration precisely because we don’t want dominance. – Gerhard Schröder

Any debate among politicians about monetary policy is counterproductive. – Gerhard Schröder

We want to encourage those who are able to work, no question. – Gerhard Schröder

Naturally we are aware of the strength of our economy and naturally we don’t want to downplay it. – Gerhard Schröder

“Yes, now little girls in Germany know they can become a hairdresser, or chancellor. Let’s see.” – Angela Merkel

“Every person who comes is a human being and has the right to be treated as such.” – Angela Merkel

“In terms of substance and organisation, we are very well prepared.” – Angela Merkel

“A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” – Angela Merkel

“For me, it is always important that I go through all the possible options for a decision.” – Angela Merkel

“The willingness to learn new skills is very high.” – Angela Merkel

“We are responsible for each other. I am trying to convince doubters. There is still work to do.” – Angela Merkel

“We expect the people who come to us to stick to our laws.” – Angela Merkel

“It’s much, much better to talk to one another than about one another.” – Angela Merkel

“I take my share of the responsibility that lies with me as party chairwoman and chancellor.” – Angela Merkel

“We had done too little in the past, that is why we took in refugees – because it was the right thing to do.” – Angela Merkel

“It’s not just about big words in such a declaration, it’s about the fact that you can say after one, two, three or five years: We have achieved, what we’ve written down.” – Angela Merkel

“We do not want isolation. We want open trade and to fight against protectionism. This will be a tough issue within the G20 negotiations, but when working on a political document, it would of course be a great support for us if the economies in all G20 countries supported it.” – Angela Merkel

“Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn’t the top priority.” – Angela Merkel

“The strongest response to terrorists is to carry on living our lives and our values as we have until now – self-confident and free, considerate and engaged. We Europeans will show our free life is stronger than any terror.” – Angela Merkel

“Well, people are different. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find compromises, but that’s what we’ve been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don’t need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.” – Angela Merkel

“Maybe I’ve just become more hardened. The exposure to so many extreme situations tends to harden a person. You have to develop survival strategies.” – Angela Merkel

“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for. If we now have to start apologizing for showing a friendly face in response to emergency situations, then that’s not my country. We will cope.” – Angela Merkel

“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.” – Angela Merkel

“So, one has to try to find compromises with mutual respect, but also with a clear opinion. That’s politics – always looking to find a common way forward.” – Angela Merkel

It is bitter that we now have to temporarily use some power plants that we had already shut down because of Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine. But it’s only for a little while. – Olaf Scholz

Not all of them will be deployed permanently in Lithuania or in any other countries in the eastern part of the Alliance, they will know the country, the territory, they have worked together on interoperability, working with the home defense forces, and they have pre-designed tasks. – Olaf Scholz

It is a matter worth pursuing intensively. – Olaf Scholz

For Europeans it is clear that lasting security can not be achieved against Russia but only with Russia. – Olaf Scholz

It would be very nice if our vaccination rate would also move in the direction of the Danish. That would also give us more possibilities. – Olaf Scholz

We will do the same steps, and Congressional Research Service analysts will be very, very hard to Russia. – Olaf Scholz

You can be sure that there won’t be any measures in which we have a different approach. – Olaf Scholz

We cannot remain silent. – Olaf Scholz

I want to be absolutely clear: We have intensively prepared everything to be ready with necessary sanctions if there is military action against Ukraine, you can be sure that there won’t be any measures in which we have a different approach. – Olaf Scholz

We have no time to waste. – Olaf Scholz

Now we will await the final result, but then we will get to work. Thank you ! – Olaf Scholz

I want to achieve that those who work so hard, and earn little, have it a little better. – Olaf Scholz

I would like to govern together with the Greens. – Olaf Scholz

Today, we see that all the countries that are coming together here will support this international process in finding a way to a minimum taxation. – Olaf Scholz

We started early because we know that we have to make up ground. – Olaf Scholz

We want to secure sufficient capacity for Germany, Europe and the world for 2022 in case of problematic mutations or necessary booster vaccinations. – Olaf Scholz

In coming days we will have to decide very concretely on how we deal with the new challenges, we are very glad to have a good healthcare system. It would be crazy to cut that. – Olaf Scholz

I am counting on making decisive progress and reaching an agreement at OECD level this summer, the coronavirus pandemic is showing us once again how important it is for all companies to pay their fair share. – Olaf Scholz

Congratulations to the United States for making this outstanding choice! Janet Yellen is a very impressive person.– Olaf Scholz

We need an agreement in both fields and I want to get it up to summer and to avoid a conflict on this question coming up newly. – Olaf Scholz

In the case for transatlantic partnership, there is a good chance for a new chapter. – Olaf Scholz

Joe Biden is the right man for the next presidency. – Olaf Scholz

We must take steps in the coming days that are very far-reaching and very hard-hitting. – Olaf Scholz

We are living with the virus, which I describe as a new normal. And it will only change when we have new medical therapies and when we have a vaccine, as long as this is not the case, we have to organize our lives so as to avoid a second wave. – Olaf Scholz

Such sanctions are a serious interference in the internal affairs of Germany and Europe and their sovereignty. We firmly reject this. – Olaf Scholz

In federal states it’s sometimes like a family, where one child complains when the other gets a new jacket, we can only find a good answer if the states that don’t have difficulties don’t insist on getting something. – Olaf Scholz

The German aviation tax has proven itself. It can also be a model in the EU for more climate protection. – Olaf Scholz

The most important problem remains those factors that we cannot measure – specifically the reluctance to invest. – Olaf Scholz

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