„What is clear is that a French aspiration for equality and a German expectation of hegemony are not consistent.“

—  Martin Feldstein, "EMU and international conflict", 1997

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Jacques Bainville photo

„Having erased Sedan, we now must erase Waterloo. France cannot be a great continental power unless she is a Rheinish power…French political wisdom has never consisted in immoderate acquisitions. In the days of France's European hegemony, she always preferred influence and infiltration to indigestion.“

—  Jacques Bainville French historian and journalist 1879 - 1936
Action Française (1 December 1918), quoted in William R. Keylor, Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979), p. 129.

Amrita Sher-Gil photo

„It is dreadful to think of Paris in German hands but what preoccupies me still more is what is going to happen to modern French art and the younger artists.“

—  Amrita Sher-Gil Hungarian Indian artist 1913 - 1941
Sikh Heritage,Amrita Shergil, In June 1938 Amrita and her husband fled from Fascist dominated Hungary.

Erich Heckel photo

„What we [Brücke-artists] had to remove ourselves from [the German bourgeois mores] was clear; where we were heading was certainly less clear.“

—  Erich Heckel German artist 1883 - 1970
original German: Wovon wir weg mussten, war uns klar. Wohin wir kommen würden, stand allerdings weniger fest Quote of Heckel in: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: ein Künstlerleben in Selbstzeugnissen, Andreas Gabelmann; Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany 2010; as cited in Claire Louise Albiez https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272168564 (incl. translation), Brücke und Berlin: 100 Jahre Expressionismus; submitted to the Division of Humanities New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida, May 2013, p. 24

Henry Ford photo

„International financiers are behind all war. They are what is called the international Jew: German-Jews, French-Jews, English-Jews, American-Jews … the Jew is the threat.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
Henry Ford, quoted in New York World, 1919, as cited in: Martin Allen (2002). Hidden Agenda: How the Duke of Windsor Betrayed the Allies. p. 55-56

William Hazlitt photo

„The art of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
Table Talk: Essays On Men And Manners http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/TableHazIV.htm (1821-1822), "On Will-Making"

Charles de Gaulle photo

„The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times.“

—  Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970
Writings, Le désir du privilège et le goût de l'égalité, passions dominantes et contradictoires des Français de toute époque. in La France et son armée.

Adolf Hitler photo

„What the world did not deem possible the German people have achieved…. It is already war history how the German Armies defeated the legions of capitalism and plutocracy. After forty-five days this campaign in the West was equally and emphatically terminated.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945
1940s, “Adolf Hitler’s Order of the Day Calling for Invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece,” Berlin, (April 6, 1941), New York Times, April 7, 1941

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor photo

„I speak in Latin to God, Italian to Women, French to Men, and German to my Horse.“

—  Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor Holy Roman Emperor 1500 - 1558
Charles V may have said something in this general format, but not with this specific wording. Variants have been quoted for centuries, and the earliest known citation, itself a secondary source dating from 40 years after his death, gives two versions that both differ from the modern one. Girolamo Fabrizi d'Acquapendente's 1601 De Locutione gives: Unde solebat, ut audio, Carolus V Imperator dicere, Germanorum linguam esse militarem: Hispanorum amatoriam: Italorum oratoriam: Gallorum nobilem ("When Emperor Charles V used to say, as I hear, that the language of the Germans was military; that of the Spaniards pertained to love; that of the Italians to prayer; that of the French was noble"). Alius vero, qui Germanus erat, retulit, eundem Carolum Quintum dicere aliquando solitum esse; Si loqui cum Deo oporteret, se Hispanice locuturum, quod lingua Hispanorum gravitatem maiestatemque prae se ferat; si cum amicis, Italice, quod Italorum dialectus familiaris sit; si cui blandiendum esset, Gallice, quod illorum lingua nihil blandius; si cui minandum aut asperius loquendum, Germanice, quod tota eorum lingua minax, aspera sit ac vehemens (Indeed another, who was German, related that the same Charles V sometimes used to say: if it was necessary to talk with God, that he would talk in Spanish, which language suggests itself for the graveness and majesty of the Spaniards; if with friends, in Italian, for the dialect of the Italians was one of familiarity; if to caress someone, in French, for no language is tenderer than theirs; if to threaten someone or to speak harshly to them, in German, for their entire language is threatening, rough and vehement").

Marlene Dietrich photo

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