Quotes of Berlin

“ I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable - and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men - brave men - will make it so. ”

- John F. Kennedy

“ George Bush taking credit for the Berlin Wall coming down is like the rooster taking credit for the sunrise. ”

- Al Gore

“ Berlin is the testicle of the West. When I want the West to scream, I squeeze on Berlin. ”

- Nikita Krushchev

“ I've outdone anyone you can name — Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500. ”

- James Brown

“ All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner! ”

- John F. Kennedy

“ Berlin. What a garrison of spies! what a cabinet full of useless, liquid secrets, what a playground for every alchemist, miracle worker and rat piper that ever took up the cloak. ”

- John LeCarre

“ We had the game tied and then didn't convert on the offensive end when we needed to. Berlin played a great game on defense and we just couldn't get it done. ”

- Stephen Baldwin

“ I cherish the Franco-German cooperation as one of the most important developments in post-war Europe. But I will not accept is as being so sacrosanct that the rest of us shall simply adapt to what is decided between Paris and Berlin. ”

- Uffe Ellemann Jensen

“ Sometimes, because of its immediacy, television produces a kind of electronic parable. Berlin, for instance, on the day the Wall was opened. Rostropovich was playing his cello by the Wall that no longer cast a shadow, and a million East Berliners were thronging to the West to shop with an allowance given them by West German banks! At that moment the whole world saw how materialism had lost its awesome historic power and become a shopping list. ”

- John Berger

“ Even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent in Berlin, something like a third of the real property in the Reich. ”

- Arthur Bryant
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