The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.— Hermann Goring
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We will go down in history either as the world's greatest statesmen or its worst villains.
Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver
Our movement took a grip on cowardly Marxism and from it extracted the meaning of socialism. It also took from the cowardly middle-class parties their nationalism. Throwing both into the cauldron of our way of life there emerged, as clear as a crystal, the synthesis -- German National Socialism.
Hitler used to come to my house once in a while for a cup of coffee, and because I led a normal life, he would leave at about 9 p.m. ... However, Hitler used to spend practically all of his nights, sometimes until four a.m., with Goebbels. ... God knows what evil influence Goebbels had on him during those long visits.
The Americans cannot build aeroplanes. They are very good at refrigerators and razor blades.
The Jew must clearly understand one thing at once, he must get out!
Shoot first and inquire afterwards, and if you make mistakes, I will protect you.
No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Goering. You may call me Meyer.
Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.
Of course people don't want war. Why should a poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best thing he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
I considered the attacks on London useless, and I told the Fuhrer again and again that inasmuch as I knew the English people as well as I did my own people, I could never force them to their knees by attacking London. We might be able to subdue the Dutch people by such measures but not the British.
If people say that here and there someone has been taken away and maltreated, I can only reply: You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
In Hitler the rare union has taken place between the most acute logical thinker and truly profound philosopher, and the iron man of action...I follow no leadership but that of Adolf Hitler and of God.
Every bullet fired from the barrel of a police pistol was my bullet.
If you call that murder, then I am the murderer.
Naturally the common people don't want war.
. . but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. . .
Why, of course, the people don't want war.
Certainly I shall use the police, and most ruthlessly, whenever the German people are hurt. But I refuse the notion that the police are protective troops for Jewish stores. No, the police protect whoever comes into Germany legitimately, but it does not exist for the purpose of protecting Jewish money-lenders.
In Berlin Jews controlled almost one hundred percent of the theaters and cinemas before the rise to power.
I joined the party because I was a revolutionary, not because of any ideological nonsense.
I would have let you shoot me without further ado! But it is not possible to hang the German Reichsmarschall! I cannot permit this. ... I have no moral obligation to submit to the justice of my enemies. I have therefore chosen the manner of death of the great Hannibal.
But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
After the United States gobbled up California and half of Mexico, and we were stripped down to nothing, territorial expansion suddenly becomes a crime. It's been going on for centuries, and it will still go on.
I am what I have always been: the last Renaissance man, if I may be allowed to say so.
What do I care about danger? I've sent soldiers and airmen to death against the enemy - why should I be afraid?
We have no butter... but I ask you, would you rather have butter or guns? Preparedness makes us powerful. Butter merely makes us fat.
Above all, I shall see to it that the enemy will not be able to drop any bombs.
My Luftwaffe is invincible... And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks?
The Americans are good about making fancy cars and refrigerators, but that doesn't mean they are any good at making aircraft. They are bluffing. They are excellent at bluffing.
I live the life of the last Renaissance man.
And another question was unfortunately not asked of Göring: 'The German people put faith in you even if they doubted Hitler because you were gentlemanly and more likable. What did you, Göring, do to justify this confidence? You have led a luxurious life and collected stolen art.
In the beginning [Hitler] was genial and pleasant.
He would have extraordinary willpower and unheard-of influence on people.
I will decide who is a Jew!
I have to laugh when the English claim they are such a wonderful nation.
Everyone knows that Englishmen are really Germans, that the English kings were German, and that in Russia the emperors were either of German origin or received their education in Germany.
The people were merely to acknowledge the authority of the Fuehrer, or, let us say, to declare themselves in agreement with the Fuehrer. If they gave the Fuehrer their confidence then it was their concern to exercise the other functions. Thus, not the individual persons were to be selected according to the will of the people, but solely the leadership itself.
I know two types of law because I know two types of men, those who are with us and those who are against us.
I herewith commission you to carry out all preparations with regard to.
.. a total solution of the Jewish question in those territories of Europe which are under German influence.
It is silly to appeal to people's moral sense.
It wasn't that I amassed it with aims of selling it and becoming a rich man.
My personality demanded that I be surrounded by the best examples of the world's art.
The political structure in different countries has different origins, different developments. Something which suits one country extremely well would perhaps fail completely in another. Germany, through the long centuries of monarchy, has always had a leadership principle. ... The position of the Catholic Church rests now, as before, on the clear leadership principle of its hierarchy. And I think I can also say that of Russia, too.
I think that women are wonderful but I've never met one yet who didn't show more feeling than logic.
Hitler had the willpower of a demon and he needed it.
If he didn't have such a strong willpower he couldn't have achieved anything. Don't forget, if Hitler had not lost the war, if he did not have to fight against the combination of big powers like England, America, and Russia - each one he could have conquered individually - these defendants and these generals would now be saying, 'Heil Hitler,' and would not be so damn critical.
After a certain period of time, when I had acquired more insight into the Fuehrer's personality, I gave him my hand and said: "I unite my fate with yours for better or for worse: I dedicate myself to you in good times and in bad, even unto death." I really meant it-and still do.
God gave the savior to the German people.
We have faith, deep and unshakeable faith, that he [Hitler] was sent to us by God to save Germany.
It's east to start a war in any country
There is hardly any politically minded man who acknowledges and agrees with every point of the program of a political party.
The victor will always be the judge, and the vanquished the accused.
If I didn't have a sense of humor, how could I stand this trial now?
I would be able to defend my actions, no matter what [evidence] they had on me.
My measures will not be crippled by any bureaucracy.
Here I don't have to worry about Justice; my mission is only to destroy and to exterminate; nothing more.