Talk:Joseph Goebbels

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  • Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will
  • A media system wants ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.
  • We striving not for truth, but effect.
  • The worst enemy of any propaganda, it is intellectualism.
  • For the lie to be believable, it should be terrifying.
  • A lie repeated thousands of times becomes a truth.
  • Some day the lie will fall under its own weight and the truth will rise.
  • I am very interested in social developments in America. I believe that President Roosevelt has chosen the right path. We are dealing with the greatest social problems ever known. Millions of unemployed must get their jobs back, and this cannot be left to private initiative. It is the government that must tackle the problem.
    • 1934 interview.
  • One of the most ridiculous aspects of democracy will always remain... the fact that it has offered to its mortal enemies the means by which to destroy it.
  • Once more a red fire blows steeply upwards...the factory will do no more work for Herr Churchill... tomorrow morning Coventry will lie in smoke and ruins.
    • September 1940
  • It is on this beautiful day that we celebrate the Fuhrer's birthday and thank him for he is the only reason why Germany is still alive today.
    • April 26, 1945
  • We have a feeling that Germany has been transformed into a great house of God, including all classes, professions and creeds, where the Führer as our mediator stood before the throne of the Almighty.
    • April 19, 1936 broadcast
  • We can do without butter, but, despite all our love of peace, not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns.
  • If we have power, we'll never give it up again unless we're carried out of our offices as corpses.
    • This comment should be added to the "Misattributed" section of the article: while Goebbels did not specifically speak these quotes, the quotes are a "paraphrase" of the quote that is correctly attributed to him. So, it's not a misattribution, it's a common sense "paraphrase" of what the man actually said. This is the same problem with the Sinclair Lewis quote from 1935, where he said, "When Fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and waving a cross". Now, while Lewis didn't say that in so many words in one statement, there are two pieces of his writing that, if you paraphrase them, the correct interpretation is made. I've researched it myself. I've come to the conclusion that Lewis "paraphrased" himself so that the media to whom he spoke could have a quote that encapsulates what he meant.
  • "If the day should ever come when we must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction..."
  • "If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear"

Sounds more like a left-winger[edit]

Bashing captialism, prefering communist Russia as a close ally and seeing little difference between Stalin and Hitler in the first four quotes being shown here on this page.…

Came here to comment on the same. It's quite curious that so many of the quotes in the opening section are concerned with Communism instead of Nazism.
Wikiquote:What_Wikiquote_is_not#Wikiquote_is_not_a_discussion_forum Cagliost (talk) 11:01, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

September 1934 in Nuremberg[edit]

I have read following attributed:

Good propaganda does not need to lie, indeed it may not lie. It has no reason to fear the truth. It is a mistake to believe that people cannot take the truth. They can. It is only a matter of presenting the truth to people in a way that they will be able to understand. A propaganda that lies proves that it has a bad cause. It cannot be successful in the long run.

Anyone know source? ScratchMarshall (talk) 00:23, 3 July 2018 (UTC)


Referenda quotation[edit]

On 1 December 2017, User:HenryGarden1000 added in the quotation,

"The nation and the government in Germany are one thing. The will of the people is the will of the government and vice versa. The modern structure of the German State is a higher form of democracy [ennobled democracy] in which, by virtue of the people’s mandate, the government is exercised authoritatively while there is no possibility for parliamentary interference, to obliterate and render ineffective the execution of the nation’s will."


"“On National-Socialist Germany And Her Contribution Towards Peace.” Speech to the representatives of the international press at Geneva on December 28. 1933. German League of Nations Union News Service, PRO, FO 371/16728"

Recently I've seen this quote appear in whole or part around the internet. Googling for this quotation, or the speech "On National-Socialist Germany And Her Contribution Towards Peace", returns only a few results, which all are later than the addition to this page.

"German League of Nations Union News Service" brings up only 14 results on Google which all appear to be copied from this citation. FO 371 appears as a collection in the search, but reference 16728 does not. There are only two items that appear in FO 371 relating to Goebbels, FO 371/24838/7319 and FO 371/21791/13045, neither of which is available online but they are dated much later than 1933.

It looks like the origin of this quote is in fact this wikiquote page. I'm going to remove it unless someone else can provide a correct reference for it. --JCrue (talk) 14:43, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

The National Archives entry is [1] - that file is Germany, 1933. So it is plausible, but since the content isn't online, can't be sure. --

Here's the correct reference: [2]