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A collection of quotes and sayings by Helmut Kohl on reunification, Germany, peace, absence, history, goal, mutual, evaluation, future, legacy, power and defend.

45 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Helmut Kohl

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former Chancellor of Germany

Born On: April 3, 1930

Died On: June 16, 2017

Born In: Ludwigshafen

Founder / Co Founder: Junge Union, University of Trier-Kaiserslautern

Died At Age: 87

Helmut Kohl was a renowned German statesman who held the office of the Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998. From 1973 to 1998, he also served as the chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union. He is considered as one of the greatest German leaders and is credited with the integration of West and East Germany. The U.S. Presidents, Bill Clinton, and George H.W.Bush, described Kohl as ‘the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century’. Read through the inspiring thoughts and quotes by Helmut Kohl. We have rounded some famous sayings and quotes by Helmut Kohl which have been excerpted from his works, speeches, interviews, thoughts, utterances and life.
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I ask myself where Germany stands today and where it wants to go.

Helmut Kohl

There must be no question for us that we in the European Union and the eurozone stand by Greece in solidarity.

Helmut Kohl

It was a stroke of luck that there were about four to six leaders in power in the mid-'80s who really trusted one another and could really make things happen.

Helmut Kohl

In German history, we don't have many reasons to be proud.

Helmut Kohl

German and European unification are two sides of the same coin.

Helmut Kohl

When I was elected to head the German government, I was fortunate enough to find a partner in Francois Mitterrand.

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Our shared historical experiences led myself and Mitterrand to the decision that we must do everything to prevent further wars.

Helmut Kohl

My parents were Christians - Catholics, but not in the close-minded sense. I remember my mother to be a very pious woman, but she was never against other religions.

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In a democracy, if you don't get the votes, nothing else is possible, no matter how wonderful your dreams.

Helmut Kohl

Germany is our fatherland; Europe is our future.

Helmut Kohl

Nations with a common currency never went to war against each other. A common currency is more than the money you pay with.

Helmut Kohl

When people come to write about my period of office, I would be very happy if they say that I made a contribution to finding the happy medium again for the Germans.

Helmut Kohl

I knew that I could never win a referendum in Germany. We would have lost a referendum on the introduction of the euro. That's quite clear. I would have lost, and by seven to three.

Helmut Kohl

Where there is no will, no rules or laws can help.

Helmut Kohl

The most important rule of the new Europe is: There must never again be violence in Europe.

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I experienced Nazism as a child. Like many of my generation, I was motivated by the desire to prevent another war at any price.

Helmut Kohl

My childhood ended in 1942. I was 12, and for the next three years, I lived under incessant bombings. It was a life of constant fear.

Helmut Kohl

If a Chancellor is trying to push something through, he must be a man of power. And if he's smart, he knows when the time is ripe. In one case - the euro - I was like a dictator... The euro is a synonym for Europe.

Helmut Kohl

We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.

Helmut Kohl

The Christian Democrats always made you feel like the poor relation.

Helmut Kohl

The army is under orders to defend every place.

Helmut Kohl

Russia is Germany's most important neighbor in the East, and it will remain so.

Helmut Kohl

George Bush was for me the most important ally on the road to German unity.

Helmut Kohl

For me it is completely clear that our air bases in Germany would be available to the Americans.

Helmut Kohl

If one has no compass, when one doesn't know where one stands and where one wants to go, one can deduce that one has no leadership or interest in shaping events.

Helmut Kohl

I have made a very good living, for more than 30 years, by being underestimated.

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We Germans have learned from history. We are a peace-loving, freedom-loving people. There is only one place for us in the world: at the side of the free nations.

Helmut Kohl

Solitary decisions, no matter how well-founded they may appear to individuals, must belong to the past - along with national, unilateralist action.

Helmut Kohl

I have been underestimated for decades. I have done very well that way.

Helmut Kohl

I have every reason, despite the resentment and exasperation, to be proud. I have nothing better to be proud of than being proud of German unity.

Helmut Kohl

Peace must be more than the absence of war.

Helmut Kohl

We humans have an abyss inside us. The more power people have, the greater the danger.

Helmut Kohl

You didn't just pay lip service to the goal of overcoming the division of Europe and Germany... Rather, you put yourself at the forefront of those who encouraged us on the way to unity.

Helmut Kohl

Two decisions have damaged the stability both of the euro and of Europe: the premature admission of Greece to the euro area and the breach and subsequent weakening of the stability and growth pact.

Helmut Kohl

I like everything that makes you fat.

Helmut Kohl

I don't want to give myself grades. I will leave evaluation of my achievements to history.

Helmut Kohl

Gorbachev's legacy is that he called time on communism, partially against his will, but in fact, he finished it off. Without violence. Without bloodshed. Beyond that, I am struggling to think of much else in terms of real legacy.

Helmut Kohl

People in Tel Aviv can not imagine, but in 1990, here in Leipzig or Dresden, whoever wanted to buy a car had to wait 14 years. The East Germans worked like people in the West, but the fruits of their labor were harvested by a criminal regime.

Helmut Kohl

Europe has, to put it mildly, been in a poor state since the transition to the 21st century. This is down to national issues, European missteps, and an economic and financial crisis that crashed down on us with enough force to dislodge the essential European idea.

Helmut Kohl

Where is Germany now and where does it want to go? It's a question being asked by our partners and allies abroad. We have to return - urgently - to our old dependability. We have to make clear for others what we stand for, where we're headed, and that we know where we belong.

Helmut Kohl

Political life is like this - elections go back and forth. Representative democracy can only be successful if one sits down and says, 'That's it. I will connect myself,' - as I did - 'connect my existence to a political project.' Then you automatically have in your party a lot of people who say, 'If that fails, so do I'.

Helmut Kohl

We all need Europe, not just those of us in Europe. And we Germans need Europe more than the others. Germany is the country with the longest border, the most neighbours, and is, by population and economic strength, the number one in Europe.

Helmut Kohl

As a child, I personally didn't really get to know any Jews. I was eight years old when the Night of Broken Glass happened. And Ludwigshafen was purely a workers' city, so we didn't have a very big Jewish community. What I did know about the Jews, I heard from my mother. My mother was very much pro-Jewish.

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Isolated decisions, however well-founded they might seem to the individual, and national go-it-alone moves must belong to the past. They should not be the 21st-century method of choice, particularly because the consequences of the European community's actions must often be carried collectively.

Helmut Kohl

As a German, in view of the history of World War II and the terrible deeds of the Nazi period, I feel a special obligation to help as much as I can to develop European-Israeli relations and thus contribute to ensuring Israel's future and existence.

Helmut Kohl