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" My parents were Christians - Catholics, but not in the close-minded sense. I remember my mother to be a very pious woman, but she was never against other religions. "
" We all need Europe, not just those of us in Europe. And we Germans need Europe more than the others. Germany is the country with the longest border, the most neighbours, and is, by population and economic strength, the number one in Europe. "
" Two decisions have damaged the stability both of the euro and of Europe: the premature admission of Greece to the euro area and the breach and subsequent weakening of the stability and growth pact. "
" You didn't just pay lip service to the goal of overcoming the division of Europe and Germany... Rather, you put yourself at the forefront of those who encouraged us on the way to unity. "
" I don't want to give myself grades. I will leave evaluation of my achievements to history. "
" I knew that I could never win a referendum in Germany. We would have lost a referendum on the introduction of the euro. That's quite clear. I would have lost, and by seven to three. "
" I have been underestimated for decades. I have done very well that way. "
" The most important rule of the new Europe is: There must never again be violence in Europe. "
" I ask myself where Germany stands today and where it wants to go. "
" If a Chancellor is trying to push something through, he must be a man of power. And if he's smart, he knows when the time is ripe. In one case - the euro - I was like a dictator... The euro is a synonym for Europe. "
" In a democracy, if you don't get the votes, nothing else is possible, no matter how wonderful your dreams. "
" Europe has, to put it mildly, been in a poor state since the transition to the 21st century. This is down to national issues, European missteps, and an economic and financial crisis that crashed down on us with enough force to dislodge the essential European idea. "
" We humans have an abyss inside us. The more power people have, the greater the danger. "
" It was a stroke of luck that there were about four to six leaders in power in the mid-'80s who really trusted one another and could really make things happen. "
" If one has no compass, when one doesn't know where one stands and where one wants to go, one can deduce that one has no leadership or interest in shaping events. "
" We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people. "
" In German history, we don't have many reasons to be proud. "
" As a child, I personally didn't really get to know any Jews. I was eight years old when the Night of Broken Glass happened. And Ludwigshafen was purely a workers' city, so we didn't have a very big Jewish community. What I did know about the Jews, I heard from my mother. My mother was very much pro-Jewish. "
" Where there is no will, no rules or laws can help. "
" Russia is Germany's most important neighbor in the East, and it will remain so. "
" Isolated decisions, however well-founded they might seem to the individual, and national go-it-alone moves must belong to the past. They should not be the 21st-century method of choice, particularly because the consequences of the European community's actions must often be carried collectively. "
" Nations with a common currency never went to war against each other. A common currency is more than the money you pay with. "
" When people come to write about my period of office, I would be very happy if they say that I made a contribution to finding the happy medium again for the Germans. "
" Where is Germany now and where does it want to go? It's a question being asked by our partners and allies abroad. We have to return - urgently - to our old dependability. We have to make clear for others what we stand for, where we're headed, and that we know where we belong. "
" Gorbachev's legacy is that he called time on communism, partially against his will, but in fact, he finished it off. Without violence. Without bloodshed. Beyond that, I am struggling to think of much else in terms of real legacy. "
" Germany is our fatherland; Europe is our future. "
" I experienced Nazism as a child. Like many of my generation, I was motivated by the desire to prevent another war at any price. "
" For me it is completely clear that our air bases in Germany would be available to the Americans. "
" When I was elected to head the German government, I was fortunate enough to find a partner in Francois Mitterrand. "
" I have every reason, despite the resentment and exasperation, to be proud. I have nothing better to be proud of than being proud of German unity. "
" Political life is like this - elections go back and forth. Representative democracy can only be successful if one sits down and says, 'That's it. I will connect myself,' - as I did - 'connect my existence to a political project.' Then you automatically have in your party a lot of people who say, 'If that fails, so do I'. "