Helmut Schmidt

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Helmut Schmidt (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmʊt ˈʃmɪt]; born 23 December 1918) is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982.


  • We humans . . . have always only partially governed the world, and most of the time very badly. . . . We have never governed it in total peace.
  • The mediocrity of all three governments [United States, Germany, Japan] can be no excuse for spending more time complaining about one another than recognizing their own deficiencies. Even mediocre people can shoulder responsibility.
    • Quoted in the article The Search for Solutions, Awake! magazine August 8, 1989.
  • We don’t talk to each other enough, neither married couples, nor parents with their children, nor friends among themselves, … We have become more and more speechless, and that frightens me.
    • Quoted in the article Watching the World, Awake! magazine, August 8, 1978.