Gustave Stresemann Quotes


30 Gustave Stresemann quotes:



"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."
"Just as the child is father to the man, so the impressions of one's youth remain the most vivid in manhood."
"The old and the new struggled for control. Whoever writes its history must not merely look at the surface of things but rather look into its depths."
"The concept of active cooperation has taken the place of opposition to the new form of government and of dreamy resignation entranced with the beauty of times past."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Nothing is more misleading to the youth of a nation than to state the outcome immediately after the beginning as if nothing could have taken place in between."
"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."
"The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied to Germany for a long time."
"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."
"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."
"The history of nations shows that words are not always immediately followed by action."
"Just as a child respects his father even when he perceives his weaknesses and faults, so a German will not despise the old Germany which was once a symbol of greatness to him."
"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."
"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."
"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."



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