Quotes by all 9 German Chancellors

Quotes by all 9 German Chancellors

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Olaf Scholz

9th Chancellor of Germany (2021 - present)Show 21 Quotes
Our world has become more restless and rough; it is changing at a breathtaking pace. We also cope with headwinds. This does not make the challenges of our time any smaller.
Olaf Scholz - December 2023

Angela Merkel

8th Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021)Show 20 Quotes
I believe in Europe. I am convinced by Europe. Not only as a heritage from the past, but as hope and a vision for the future.
Angela Merkel (as Chancellor of Germany) - July 2020, Speech at the European Parliament

Gerhard Schröder

7th Chancellor of Germany (1998 - 2005)Show 3 Quotes
It can be done this way, or that way. I prefer this way.
Gerhard Schröder - 2003, about the tax reform

Helmut Kohl

6th Chancellor of Germany (1982 - 1998)Show 5 Quotes
My aim remains, if history approves, to unite our country.

Helmut Schmidt

5th Chancellor of Germany (1974 - 1982)Show 3 Quotes
That's the misery: Stupid people are so confident, the wise ones full of doubt.

Willy Brandt

4th Chancellor of Germany (1969 - 1974)Show 6 Quotes
We are not chosen - we are elected. We're looking to talk to everyone who care about this democracy.

Ludwig Erhard

2nd Chancellor of Germany (1963 - 1966)Show 3 Quotes
A compromise is the art of sharing a cake and having everyone think that they got the biggest piece of it.

Konrad Adenauer

1st Chancellor of Germany (1949 - 1963)Show 7 Quotes
Falling down isn't dangerous or shameful. Not getting up is both.

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Terror will not win, hatred will not prevail. Israel has every right to defend and to protect itself and its citizens. In this dark hour, Germany and France stand firmly by Israel's side.
Olaf Scholz - Oktober 2023
We mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a role model and inspiration for millions, also here in Germany. Her commitment to German-British reconciliation after the horrors of World War II will remain unforgotten. She will be missed.
Olaf Scholz - September 2022
I am disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For us Germans in particular, any relativization of the singularity of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable.
Olaf Scholz - August 2022
Once upon a time, Russians and Ukranians fought together hand in hand to stop the murderous regime of national socialist Germany.
Olaf Scholz - May 2022
I do everything I can to prevent escalation that will lead us into World War III. There must not be a nuclear conflict.
Olaf Scholz - April 2022
With each day, with each bomb, Russia isolates itself more from the global community.
Olaf Scholz - March 2022
The Russian attack on Ukraine is a blatant violation of international law. There is no justification for it. Germany condemns this reckless act by President Putin in the strongest possible terms.
Olaf Scholz - February 2022
This is the needed step to stop the certification of the pipeline, which is necessary for Nord Stream 2 to be finished.
Olaf Scholz - February 2022
I don't know for how long the President is planning to stay in office, but it feels like he might still do so for a while.
Olaf Scholz - February 2022, talking to Vladimir Putin
Military aggression against Ukraine would have severe political and economical consequences. It's our duty to prevent that scenario in which everyone would suffer in the end.
Olaf Scholz - February 2022
Let us together do everything - really every thing - in order to defeat the virus in the coming year.
Olaf Scholz - New Year Eve’s address 2021/22
This pandemic is exhausting all of us. We're tired of it. But it doesn't help. We have to face it together and, in many cases, practice social distancing.
Olaf Scholz - December 2021
We will not allow a small group of extremists to force their will on the whole of our society.
Olaf Scholz - December 2021
I want to keep our country united. So I am the Chancellor of unvaxxed people aswell.
Olaf Scholz - December 2021
I said "yes".
Olaf Scholz - December 2021, about being sworn in as 9th Chancellor of Germany
The people want change. They want the candidate of the SPD to be the next German chancellor.
Olaf Scholz - September 2021
There will not be another lockdown.
Olaf Scholz - August 2021, Kanzler-Triell #1
Protecting the climate and nature is one of the biggest challenges of our time that we can only tackle together.
Olaf Scholz - September 2020
We couldn't do what we're doing today without a fair tax structure, based on the idea that the ones who earn more money have to pay more taxes.
Olaf Scholz - May 2020
You can't be wearing a mink coat and call for public aid.
Olaf Scholz - February 2009
Democracy isn't just there. We have to work for it together - every day.
Angela Merkel - October 2021, during the 31st Day of German Unity
I am convinced that no force and no ideology can surpress the urge of the people for freedom, equality and peace in the long run.
Angela Merkel - August 2021
My objective is to govern in a reasonable way until the last day that I am in charge.
Angela Merkel - January 2021
We've got the first stage of the pandemic behind us. But it has to be clear that it's still the beginning of this pandemic.
Angela Merkel - May 2020
This pandemic is a democratic disaster.
Angela Merkel (as Chancellor of Germany) - April 2020
Since the Reunion of Germany, or even since World War II, there has been no challenge to our country that demanded from us to work together as much as this one.
Angela Merkel (as Chancellor of Germany) - March 2020
Our constitution includes this wonderful article 1: "Human dignity is inviolable." What we're experiencing every day: Aggression against Jews, aggression against immigrants, violence and hate speech - that's what we have to stand up against!
Angela Merkel (as Chancellor of Germany) - September 2019
The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.
In the face of Russias war against Ukraine, it can't be stressed enough how fortunate we were to see the events of 1989/90 happen in the way they did.
Angela Merkel - September 2022
I am convinced that we can design a great future, when we overcome distrust and resentments and go to work with joy in our hearts. That's what I always tried to do.
Angela Merkel - December 2021
Watching 40 million people fall into chaos in Afghanistan because there's no electricity and no financial system - that can't be the strategy of the international community.
Angela Merkel - October 2021
We all want normality back, but we don't get normality back by ourselves - we only get it as a community and that's why we need to get more people vaccinated. Every vaccination is a small step towards normality for everyone.
Angela Merkel - July 2021
These pictures have made me angry and sad. But I am certain that the American democracy will prove stronger than the rioters.
Angela Merkel - January 2021, about the US Capitol riots
There's no denying that the coming days and weeks will be tough for our country - and that the situation won't change for some time.
Angela Merkel - New Year Eve’s address 2020/21
If we don't practice enough social distancing before Christmas and then realize, it has been the last Christmas with our grandparents, we will be full of regrets.
Angela Merkel - December 2020
I sincerely wish him all the best and am happy to work together with President Biden.
Angela Merkel - November 2020
This is money well spent. If we ignore climate change, it's gonna cost us a lot more.
Angela Merkel - September 2019
If you don't like Munich, I don't know which part of Germany you could like.
Angela Merkel - July 16th 2009, to Dmitry Medvedev
Most of the things that we found out about ourselves are an essential part of every good party.
Angela Merkel (about Wikileaks)
In Germany, success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan.
Gerhard Schröder - about Germany dropping out of the EURO 2000
After 40 years one shouldn't lie to the people about the chances of a German reunion. There are none.
Gerhard Schröder - June 12th 1989
In a leading position, character is often more important than knowledge or intelligence.
In politics, you need a feeling for what's possible and what's reasonable.
Europe must not be a stronghold where we isolate ourselfes from others. It has to be open.
This moment is one of the happiest in my life.
Helmut Kohl - October 2nd 1990
Libraries are the intellectual gas stations of the country.
Asking for optimism from a 93-year-old is a bit too much.
The best way of predicting the future is shaping it.
Berlin will live and the Wall will fall!
Willy Brandt - 10. November 1989
When the train of German Unity starts rolling, we better make sure no one's run over.
Willy Brandt - 25.02.1990
Democracy shouldn't go as far as voting who's the father in a family.
Now, what belongs together, will grow together.
All I say is: China, China, China!
Kurt Georg Kiesinger - September 1969
It's not enough to charm the people once a year at the ballot box.
The market is the only democratic judge that we have in modern economy.
Become unpopular first, or people want perceive you seriously.
I usually agree with what God did, but putting limits on intelligence without putting limits on stupidity wasn't a great move.
Experiences are like seeds that grow wisdom.
Our final goal must be to create the United States of Europe.
When other people think you're done - that's when you have to really get started!
If two people always share the same opinion, both have no value.