Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. It includes 16 constituent states, which retain some sovereignty, and covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi) with a largely temperate seasonal climate. Its capital and largest city is Berlin. With 80.7 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous member state in the European Union.
In the 21st century, Germany is considered a great power and has the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods. It is a developed country with a very high standard of living, maintaining a comprehensive social security and a universal health care system.
- Germany is no better than us. The only reason Germany looks down upon us is because they're all six-two, six-three. They're not any fucking better at soccer until they prove it on Friday, and I don't think they're going to. Don't give them any respect. That's not what this is about, this is about going to war. Alright? We didn't come this far to fucking lie down to Germany. So that's got to be our attitude, and we're good enough. That's why we're here. This isn't just like, a matter of luck. We're here because we're good enough, and we should be in the semi-finals. There's a lot of pressure on Germany.
- We Germans have a far greater and more urgent duty towards civilization to perform than the Great Asiatic Power. We, like the Japanese, can only fulfil it by the sword.
- Friedrich von Bernhardi, Germany and the next War (1911), Chapter XIII.
- 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.
- On behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support. America will never forget the sounds of our National Anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris, and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo. We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa...
- I don't understand what it means to be proud of a legacy of terrorism and violence. Last week at this time, I was in Israel. The idea that a German would say, you know, 'that thing we did called the Holocaust, that was wrong, but I respect the courage of my Nazi ancestors', that wouldn't happen.
- If we can succeed in inventing means of changing their attitudes and beliefs, we shall find ourselves in possession of measures which, if wisely used, may be employed in freeing ourselves from their attitudes and beliefs in other fields which have greatly contributed to the instability of our period by their propensity for holding up progress.
- Donald Ewen Cameron on the Germans, in Life is For Living in Father, Son and CIA By Harvey Weinstein pg. 100
- The imperialist ideology of force, from whatever side it comes, must be shattered for all time. A one sided Prussian militarism must never again be allowed to assume power. Only in large-scale cooperation among the nations of Europe can the ground be prepared for reconstruction. Centralized hegemony, such as the Prussian state has tried to excercise in Germany and in Europe, must be cut down at its inception. The Germany of the future must be a federal state.
- White Rose Resistance Group, Fifth Leaflet, circa 1942.
- 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.
- I say, we won and Germany's next.
- To no class of our population are we more indebted for valuable qualities of head, heart, and hand, than to the German. Say what we will of their lager, their smoke, and their metaphysics, they have brought to us a fresh, vigorous and child-like nature; a boundless facility in the acquisition of knowledge; a subtle and far-reaching intellect, and a fearless love of truth. Though remarkable for patient and laborious thought, the true German is a joyous child of freedom, fond of manly sports, a lover of music, and a happy man generally.
- Germany, Germany above everything, above everything in the world! When, for protection and defense, it always stands brotherly together. From the Meuse to the Memel, from the Adige to the Belt, Germany. Germany, above everything, above everything in the world!
- German women, German loyalty, German wine and German song, shall retain in the world, their old beautiful chime and inspire us to noble deeds, during all of our life. German women, German loyalty, German wine and German song! German women, German loyalty, German wine and German song!
- Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland! Let us all strive for this purpose, brotherly with heart and hand! Unity and justice and freedom are the pledge of happiness. Bloom in the glow of happiness! Bloom, German fatherland!
- 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).
- Germany never defends herself, except by a few flaming protests on the part of our parliamentary elite, and the rest of the world has no reason for fighting in our defense.
- If the Providence has so willed that the German people cannot be spared this fight, then I can only be grateful that it entrusted me with the leadership in this historic struggle which, for the next 500 or 1,000 years, will be described as decisive, not only for the history of Germany, but for the whole of Europe and indeed the whole world. The German people and their soldiers are working and fighting today, not only for the present, but for the coming, nay the most distant, generations. A historical revision on a unique scale has been imposed on us by the Creator... The next incursion against this homestead of European culture was carried out from the distant East. A terrible stream of barbarous, uncultured hordes sallied forth from the interior of Asia deep into the hearts of the European Continent, burning, looting, murdering—a true scourge of the Lord... From the time when the Movement I consisted of seven men, until we took over power in January 1933, the path was so miraculous that only Providence itself with its blessing could have made this possible...
Our enemies must not deceive themselves—in the 2,000 years of German history known to us, our people have never been more united than today. The Lord of the Universe has treated us so well in the past years that we bow in gratitude to a providence which has allowed us to be members of such a great nation. We thank Him that we also can be entered with honor into the ever-lasting book of German history!
- Adolf Hitler, speech before the Reichstag (11 December 1941).
- You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?
- Adolf Hitler, as quoted in Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert Speer, p. 115.
- If the war is lost, the nation will also perish. This fate is inevitable. There is no necessity to take into consideration the basis which the people will need to continue even a most primitive existence. On the contrary, it will be better to destroy these things ourselves, because this nation will have proved to be the weaker one and the future will belong solely to the stronger eastern nation. Besides, those who will remain after the battle are only the inferior ones, for the good ones have all been killed.
- Not so long ago we Germans thirsted after blood. We had half the world in trenches crawling through the mud. Victory was in our reach as we launched U-boat fleets. Back at home our women starved or else they worked the streets. From Attila on we've had a steady line of heroes. So how come we got stuck this time with a bunch of zeroes. Then a naval mutiny made it clear for all to see the status quo just had to go in Germany. Oh, how we wish that we were kids again. How pure we were back then when we were young. Back then we played at war on soft green grass. We fought with make-believe, not poison gas. And now that we have seen the face of war. We're not the same men that we were before, and we can say without hypocrisy, now we want the world to be safe for democracy.
- I always feel quite American, I just grew up in Germany.
- Europe has been at peace since 1945. But it is a restless peace that's shadowed by the threat of violence. Europe is partitioned. An unnatural line runs through the heart of a very great and a very proud nation. History warns us that until this harsh division has been resolved, peace in Europe will never be secure. We must turn to one of the great unfinished tasks of our generation, and that unfinished task is making Europe whole again.
- Lyndon B. Johnson, remarks before the National Conference of Editorial Writers, New York City (7 October 1966); in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966, book 2, p. 1126.
- Americans reflexively believe that had Germany occupied the United States, nearly all of us would have joined an armed resistance to the Nazis. That's what I thought, too, when I was 16. But that reflects a hopelessly naive view, both of what the world looked like to most people after the Nazis had conquered Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway and France, and of what it actually meant to take up arms against an occupying power.
- There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass' sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.
- American laws defining race are not to be compared with those once enforced by Nazi Germany, the latter being relatively more liberal. In the view of the Nazis, persons having less than one fourth Jewish blood could qualify as Aryans, whereas many of the American laws specify that persons having one-eighth, one-sixteenth, or 'any ascertainable' Negro blood are Negroes in the eyes of the law and subject to all restrictions governing the conduct of Negroes.
- Stetson Kennedy, Jim Crow Guide: The Way it Was (1955), Ch.4, "Who is Colored Where".
- The German side looks ruthless; no sympathy at all. They put their foot on their opponent and they're not going to lift it.
- It's common in Germany, and elsewhere in continental Europe, for football to be just one of many sports a club fields teams in. Bayern, for instance, even have a chess team.
- The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference.
- Ian Kershaw, as quoted in Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich: Bavaria 1933-45 (1983), by I. Kershaw, p. 277.
- I worked at a factory owned by Germans, at coal pits owned by Frenchmen, and at a chemical plant owned by Belgians. There I discovered something about capitalists. They are all alike, whatever the nationality. All they wanted from me was the most work for the least money that kept me alive. So I became a communist.
- Nikita Khrushchev, quoted in Edward Crankshaw, Khrushchev: A Career (1966), p. 12.
- Football is a simple game. 22 men chase a ball for ninety minutes and at the end, the Germans win.
- Gary Lineker, after losing the 1990 FIFA World Cup semifinal to Germany by penalty shootout.
- As quoted in Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France, by Laurent DuBois, p. 79.
- The events of the past one and one-half years have gripped the whole German people and affected them deeply. It seems almost like a dream that out of the valley of misery, hopelessness, hate, and fragmentation we have found our way back to a German national community. The horrendous tensions in which we have lived since the August days of 1914 have dissolved, and out of this discord, the German soul has emerged once again, before which the glorious and yet so painful history of our people pass in review, from the sagas of the German heroes to the trenches of Verdun, and even to the street fights of our time.
- 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).
- And what have we now in Germany? A land of bankers and car-makers. Even our great army has gone soft. Soldiers wear beards and question orders. I am not ashamed to say I believed in National Socialism. I still wear the Iron Cross with diamonds Hitler gave me. But today in all Germany you can't find a single person who voted Adolf Hitler into power.
- Hanna Reitsch, as quoted in "The first astronaut: tiny, daring Hanna", by Ron Laytner, The Deseret News (19 February 1981), pp. C1+, p. 12C.
- Many Germans feel guilty about the war. But they don't explain the real guilt we share; that we lost.
- Hanna Reitsch, as quoted in "The first astronaut: tiny, daring Hanna", by Ron Laytner, The Deseret News (19 February 1981), pp. C1+, p. 12C.
- The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolizes an epochal change in the way people live. More important, it liberates the way people think. We see with new clarity that centralized government bureaucracies created in this century are not the wave of the future. Never again will people trust planners and paper shufflers more than they trust themselves.
- Republican Party Platform of 1992 (17 August 1992), Republican National Convention.
- German upheaval had far more horrible and dramatic effects, the deaths of millions upon millions of people, both soldiers and civilians, including deliberate attempts at genocide, the shattering of Empires, and the passing into and out of existence of small nations. No Congress of Vienna ever tried to put the old pieces back together again. Indeed, the post World War II gathering corresponding to Vienna may have been the Nuremberg War Crime Trials, in which Germany's repudiation of all the standards of civilization and justice was exposed to examination. Napoleon committed his crimes, but he had no ideology of murder, as did Hitler. All this cost Germany, not just reputation, but previous territorial gains, not only against France, but even much in the East that dated to the Middle Ages. German unity itself was lost for 45 years in the ideological division between Free and Communist. Now, however, Germany is again the strongest state in Europe, with a European Union coalescing around it. While this is not supposed to be a German project, many fear that Germany is very likely to end up as the senior partner in the business, however carefully arrangements are made to prevent it. Which Germany would it be? That of Goethe, or of Goebbels?
- 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. A team we know all too well. Powerful, efficient. Some call them a machine. But, to us? They're men, who bleed.
- At the beginning of the twentieth century, few people would have suspected that a nation considered by many to be the most cultured, advanced and civilized would elect to power a homicidal maniac and allow him to seize total control of every institution in the country and every facet of the community. A man who maltreated, gassed and otherwise murdered millions of people based on their racial and ethnic background.
- 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.
- Had all of us in France meekly, lawfully carried out the orders of the German master, no Frenchman could have ever looked another man in the face. Such submission would have saved the lives of many, some very dear to me. But, France would have lost its soul.
- Germany became the first team to score five goals in the first 29 minutes of any World Cup game in history. It ended 7-1, but if we can summon just a touch more jingoistic national sentiment, we say fuck it, cheer for the Germans. They scrubbed America off the wrong side of the record book.
- Kyle Wagner, as quoted in "Germany Smashed Brazil So Hard It's Good For America" (8 July 2014), Regressing.
The imperialist ideology of force, from whatever side it comes, must be shattered for all time. A one sided Prussian militarism must never again be allowed to assume power. Only in large-scale cooperation among the nations of Europe can the ground be prepared for reconstruction. Centralized hegemony, such as the Prussian state has tried to excercise in Germany and in Europe, must be cut down at its inception. The Germany of the future must be a federal state.
- White Rose Resistance Group, Fifth Leaflet, circa 1942.
- For the first time, I am ashamed to be a German.
- Wilhelm II of Germany, in regard to Nazi anti-Jewish campaigns, after Kristallnacht, however this statement seems to contradict his other statements regarding Jews. (November 1938); as quoted in Our German Cousins : Anglo-German Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1974) by John Mander, p. 219
- We have 500,000 reservists in America who would rise in arms against your government if you dare to make a move against Germany.
- Zimmermann to Ambassador Gerard. James W. Gerard: "I told him that we had five hundred thousand and one lamp posts in America, and that was where the German reservists would find themselves if they tried any uprising." Ambassador Gerard's answer. James W. Gerard, My Four Years in Germany, p. 237.