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Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a sovereign country located in Eurasia.
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- Perhaps they know that they are in danger as much as anybody. They simply would rather see American men and women, rather than French and German men and women, dying to preserve their safety. Far better, from this cynical perspective, to signal that you will not take on the terrorists, so as to earn their good will amidst the uncertain times ahead.
- And now it's time for me to meet Europe's 'cuddly teddybears'... the Germans. Germany as a country has only been in existence for just over a hundred years. But in that time they've started two world wars, they've had two military coups, they've been brought on the brink of starvation two times, and they've invaded almost all of their neighbours.
- Jeremy Clarkson, as quoted in Top Gear: Jeremy Meets the Neighbours.
- Death is a Master from Germany.
- Germany, Germany above everything, above everything in the world!
- Original (German): Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, Über alles in der Welt!
- August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Deutschlandlied (1841).
- Thinking of Germany in the night robs me of my sleep.
- Original (German): Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht, dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht.
- Heinrich Heine, Nachtgedanken (1843).
- Far from being the Great Satan, I would say that we are the Great Protector. We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression. We defeated Fascism. We defeated Communism. We saved Europe in World War I and World War II. We were willing to do it, glad to do it. We went to Korea. We went to Vietnam. All in the interest of preserving the rights of people. And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? Did we say, 'Okay, we defeated Germany. Now Germany belongs to us? We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us'? No. What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. And did we ask for any land? No. The only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead, and that is the kind of nation we are.
- Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people.
- Ayn Rand, as quoted in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966).
- The Satan of the Italian and English poets may be more poetic; but the German Satan is more satanic; and in this respect one could say, the Satan is a German invention.
- Original (German): Der Satan der italienischen und englischen Dichter mag poetischer sein; aber der deutsche Satan ist satanischer; und insofern könnte man sagen, der Satan sei eine deutsche Erfindung.
- Friedrich Schlegel, Athenäumsfragmente 379.
- Germany is an anatomical oddity: it writes with its left hand and acts with its right.
- Original (German): Deutschland ist eine anatomische Merkwürdigkeit: Es schreibt mit der Linken und tut mit der Rechten.
- Kurt Tucholsky, Schnipsel, in Die Weltbühne, 3 February 1931, p. 185.
- Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.
- Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), Ch. 22.