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Germany is a modern European nation (formally Bundesrepublik Deutschland, or Federal Republic of Germany) whose recorded ethnic, territorial, and political history reaches back to the 1st century BCE.
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- 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, "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).
- 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.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), Ch. 22.