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German Quotes

Enjoy this selection of quotes about German and Germany or by important German writers and famous German persons.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) - priest and theology professor

"We have decided to follow the example of the prophets and the fathers of the church and write German hymns for the German people"

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - composer

"If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) - author and poet

"What is my life if I am no longer useful to others?"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - composer

"Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively; I hear them all at once. What a delight this is! All this inventing, this producing, takes place in a pleasing, lively dream."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - composer

"My great-grandfather used to say to his wife, my great-grandmother, who in turn told her daughter, my grandmother, who repeated it to her daughter, my mother, who used to remind her daughter, my own sister, that to talk well and eloquently was a very great art, but that an equally great one was to know the right moment to stop."

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) - author and poet

"Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays."

Friedrich List (1789–1846) - economist

"The relationship I have to my fatherland is like that of mothers with crippled children: they love them all the more, the more crippled they are. Germany is the background of all my plans, the return to Germany."

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) - composer

"Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings."

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) - composer

"Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them."

Mark Twain (1835-1910) - author

"There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) - philosopher

"The person lives most beautifully who does not reflect upon existence"

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) - psychiatrist, father of psychoanalysis

"The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'"

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) - psychiatrist, father of psychoanalysis

"Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine."

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) - psychiatrist, father of psychoanalysis

"Love and work...work and love, that's all there is."

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) - composer

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."

Rosa Luxemburg (1870–1919) - left wing Social Democratic leader

"Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) - physicist

"If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew."

Walter Gropius (1883-1969) - architect

"Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning."