The best Quotes by Helmut Kohl

The best Quotes by Helmut Kohl

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1973 to 1998. Kohl's 16-year tenure is the longest of any German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and oversaw the end of the Cold War, the German reunification and the creation of the European Union (EU).

My aim remains, if history approves, to unite our country.
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.
October 2nd 1990

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Berlin will live and the Wall will fall!
Willy Brandt - 10. November 1989
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
People of the world - look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
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
In 1989, the Berlin Wall and all the walls of Soviet domination, they fell. They fell! And the people prevailed.
Joe Biden - March 2022, Speech in Warsaw
When the train of German Unity starts rolling, we better make sure no one's run over.
Willy Brandt - 25.02.1990
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
War is young men dying and old men talking. You know this. Ignore the politics.
Odysseus in Troy
Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.
Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.
Don Lucchesi in The Godfather - Teil 3
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
Our final goal must be to create the United States of Europe.
We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us for the European dream.
I feel that people in Europe are different from Americans - I think your soul is a little deeper.
Now, what belongs together, will grow together.
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
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 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
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
It can be done this way, or that way. I prefer this way.
Gerhard Schröder - 2003, about the tax reform
In Germany, success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan.
Gerhard Schröder - about Germany dropping out of the EURO 2000
That's the misery: Stupid people are so confident, the wise ones full of doubt.
Libraries are the intellectual gas stations of the country.
Asking for optimism from a 93-year-old is a bit too much.
We are not chosen - we are elected. We're looking to talk to everyone who care about this democracy.
The best way of predicting the future is shaping it.
Democracy shouldn't go as far as voting who's the father in a family.
Power itself isn't good or bad.
All I say is: China, China, China!
Kurt Georg Kiesinger - September 1969
A compromise is the art of sharing a cake and having everyone think that they got the biggest piece of it.
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.
Falling down isn't dangerous or shameful. Not getting up is both.
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.
I think a night like tonight shows a lot of young girls and young boys that if you can shoot you can shoot. It doesn't matter if you're a girl or a boy, I think it just matters the heart that you have and wanting to be the best that you can be.
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