Gustave Stresemann Quotes

30 Gustave Stresemann quotes:

"A people that has experienced all that the Germans have been through, naturally offers fertile soil for the extremists."
"A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind."
"As a confirmed individualist I certainly do not wish to underrate the influence of the individual, for the masses do not lead the individual; rather, in the individual is vested the capacity to lead the masses."
"As a consequence of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the officer corps of the old army became part of this class, as did that part of the younger generation who, in the old Germany, would have become officers or civil servants."
"But just as haste and restlessness are typical of our present-day life, so change also takes place more rapidly than before. This applies to change in the relationships between nations as it does to change within an individual nation."
"But when great ideas and the vital affairs of a nation are at stake, then the individual needs the support of the spiritual leaders of the nation."
"During the past few years I have led a sometimes hard battle for German foreign policy."
"For the victor peace means the preservation of the position of power which he has secured. For the vanquished it means resigning himself to the position left to him."
"Here we encounter two conflicting concepts with which we must come to grips in our time: the idea of national solidarity and the idea of international cooperation."
"History uses a unit of measure for time that is different from that of the lifespan of the individual, whereas man is only too ready to measure the evolution of history by his own yardstick."
"I must begin by saying something about the old Germany. That Germany, too, suffered from superficial judgment, because appearances and reality were not always kept apart in people's minds."
"I was not at the front during the war; but if I had been, it would have been for me the greatest and most moving experience of my life."
"Nothing in the reporting of a nation's history could so mislead the younger generation as to represent great events in such a way that they appear to have happened as a matter of course."
"The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied to Germany for a long time."
"The great men of a nation reach out to all mankind. They are unifying, not divisive; internationally conciliating and still great nationally."
"The history of nations shows that words are not always immediately followed by action."
"The life of the individual is a continuous combat with errors and obstacles, and no victory is more satisfying than the one achieved against opposition."
"Voices were heard from the United States of America which made it clear that America wanted a peaceful and united Europe as a basis for mutual cooperation."
"Dante can be understood only within the context of Italian thought, and Faust would be unthinkable if divorced from its German background; but both are part of our common cultural heritage."
"If one seeks to analyze experiences and reactions to the first postwar years, I hope one may say without being accused of bias that it is easier for the victor than for the vanquished to advocate peace."

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