Helmut Schmidt Quotes

  • My education has been pro-England. I have been an England-minded citizen of Hamburg, and I am still in a way English-minded, but I have been disappointed by the Brits over the years.
  • Germany is one of the medium powers of the world. It is a non-nuclear power. It is in a lower class than the United States, the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom and others.
  • Particularly since the computerization of the world, the impact of media has grown enormously. The printed books and the printed media have become less important. Why should somebody read Laozi or Confucius if he can Google?
  • People with visions should go to the doctor.
  • The British are very stubborn. The Queen, the Commonwealth, and the special relationship with the U.S. is much more important than Europe.
  • When I became a soldier, I was drafted in 1937, and instead of being released two years later, I had to stay on because the war had started in the meantime. I was a soldier for more than eight years, as long a time as I was Chancellor.
  • The German public knows me quite well. I have been in their kitchens and living rooms for years.
  • I remember the youth movement in 1968. It started on American university campuses as a protest against the Vietnam war, then came to Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. Within a year, you had an uprising of youth against their elders.
  • The British claim to have a special relationship with the U.S., but if you mention this in Washington, no one knows what you are talking about.
  • The concept of multiculturalism is difficult to make fit with a democratic society.
  • Americans tend to feel satisfied within the wide boundaries of that huge, big country.
  • The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
  • Since I came an adult - for more than 45 years - Marcus Aurelius has been my great idol.
  • Farmers are always conservative. They stick to what they have learned from their fathers and from their grandfathers. This is the same all over the globe.
  • Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps.
  • I will not be remembered in history. I have not been shot. I have not launched any great tragedy or victory. I have not borne any great defeat. It was a very normal - it still is a very normal - human life of a political leader.
  • If I ever had to emigrate, I would probably go to America.
  • Britain is less European-minded than Greece.