Even the worst Party member was worth more to them than the best ordinary citizen.
If so much as one person is suffering unjustly, and I can put an end to it, and the only reason I don’t is because I’m a coward and prefer peace and quiet, then…
the main thing is that we remain different from them, that we never allow ourselves to be made into them, or start thinking as they do.
Each according to his strength and abilities, but the main thing was, you fought back.
I reckon it’s some old Communist or Socialist…’ ‘I don’t agree. I think you’re wrong. They can never do without their phrases, you know, their “fascist reactionaries” and “solidarity”
‘Then what have I been alive for? Why have I had to take so much? I haven’t done anything, my life hasn’t made anyone happy, I’ve never really loved anyone.’
you’re almost worse than real dyed-in-the-wool Nazis. They’re too stupid to know what crimes they’re committing. But you do, and you don’t do anything against it!
Back then, life had been simple: he had believed not only in God but also in man.
Because they believe in heaven, they don’t want to fix anything on earth.
She was desperate to do something against Hitler, against the war. In principle, he was too, but it mustn’t carry any risk; he wasn’t willing to run the least danger.
‘Do you want us to be like the others, Quangel? They think they can convert us to their views by physical punishment! But we don’t believe in force. We believe in goodness, love, and justice.’
‘But in life you need to be tough sometimes, Doctor!’ ‘No, you don’t. And a saying like that is justification for every form of brutality, Quangel!’
The People’s Court in Berlin, which had nothing to do with the people and to which the people were not admitted