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Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Germany is a modern European nation (formally Bundesrepublik Deutschland, or Federal Republic of Germany) whose recorded ethnic, territorial, and political history reaches back to the 1st century BCE.


  • Thinking of Germany in the night robs me of my sleep.
    • Original (German): Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht, dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht.
    • Heinrich Heine, Nachtgedanken (1843)
  • If now, after the collapse, should any of these lackeys of Adolf Hitler have the insolence to claim they were merely harmless onlookers, let them feel the scourge of avenging mankind.
    • Original (German): Wenn nun jetzt, nach dem Zusammenbruch, sich einige dieser Lakaien von Adolf Hitler die Frechheit erlauben, als harmlose Mitläufer gelten zu wollen, dann kann man nur wünschen, daß sie schnellstens die Wut der rächenden Menschheit zu spüren bekommen.
    • Friedrich Kellner, My Opposition, 1945.
  • The Satan of the Italian and English poets may be more poetic; but the German Satan is more satanic; and in this respect one could say, the Satan is a German invention.
    • Original (German) : Der Satan der italienischen und englischen Dichter mag poetischer sein; aber der deutsche Satan ist satanischer; und insofern könnte man sagen, der Satan sei eine deutsche Erfindung.
    • Friedrich Schlegel, Athenäumsfragmente 379
    • Note: The Italian poet may mean Dante, the English poet John Milton.
  • "Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth." ~ Mark Twain


  • The death is a master from Germany.
    • Original (German): Der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland.
    • Paul Celan
  • The Germans are a cruel race. Their operas last for six hours and they have no word for "fluffy".
  • To the English I say this: be grateful for the Germans. Were it not for them, you would be the most hated people in Europe.
  • To think about Germany is to think about Auschwitz.
    • Original (German): Deutschland denken, heißt Auschwitz denken.
    • Theodor Adorno

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