Adolf Hitler, In His Own Words

Adolf Hitler as a soldier during the First World War (1914 - 1918)
Adolf Hitler as a soldier during the First World War (1914 - 1918) | Source

Nazi Party

Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) emerged from the devastation of World War One embittered and vengeful. He found kindred spirits in the German Workers' Party whose membership was so small in 1919 they held their meetings in beer halls. After a life of drifting aimlessly and four years of war on the Western Front, Hitler had found his niche. He became their leader and soon the party's name was changed to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), or “Nazi” Party, shortened from the German pronunciation of “Nationalsozialistische”. In the cauldron of chaos, revolution and desperation in 1920s Germany, the party flourished, but so did many such revolutionary parties. What stood the Nazi's apart was Hitler's almost intuitive understanding of the darkest side of human nature and his absolute ruthlessness when implementing his ideas. Under his leadership the Nazi Party eventually seized power in Germany allowing him to enact his megalomaniac fantasies and plunging the world into war.

Adolf Hitler in early 1920's.
Adolf Hitler in early 1920's. | Source

On Propaganda

His quotations regarding propaganda show his understanding that lies are paramount, that truth must not stand in the way of getting the desired results and that the masses can be swayed by simplistic repetitions of even the biggest lies:

  • “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
  • “As soon as by one's own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one's own right is laid.”
  • “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”
  • “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
  • “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”

Neville Chamberlain (Britain) , Edouard Daladier (France), Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy), Galeazzo Ciano (Italy).  Munich Agreement, 29.9.1938
Neville Chamberlain (Britain) , Edouard Daladier (France), Adolf Hitler (Germany), Benito Mussolini (Italy), Galeazzo Ciano (Italy). Munich Agreement, 29.9.1938 | Source

On Leadership and Politics

His quotations regarding leadership and politics show he considered truth an obstacle and compassion a great weakness. He believed that the strong had the right to govern the weak and that, to fight it, other nations would have to adopt the very methods they were fighting against:

  • “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.”

  • “It is not truth that matters, but victory.”

  • “The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.”

  • “The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. ”

  • "Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction."

  • "Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future."

  • "Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice."

Adolf Hitler delivers a speech at the Kroll Opera House to the men of the Reichstag on the subject of Roosevelt and the war in the Pacific, declaring war on the United States. 11 December 1941
Adolf Hitler delivers a speech at the Kroll Opera House to the men of the Reichstag on the subject of Roosevelt and the war in the Pacific, declaring war on the United States. 11 December 1941 | Source

On Religion

Whether or not Hitler actually considered himself a religious man, he knew religion was a powerful force and could be used for his own ends:

  • “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.

  • “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.”

  • “Who says I am not under the special protection of God?”

A headline in the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes announcing Hitler's death. 2 May 1945
A headline in the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes announcing Hitler's death. 2 May 1945 | Source

Hitler was a Human Being

Hitler understood that totalitarianism thrived on lies and secrecy, that greed and ignorance were its best friends and an informed electorate armed with the truth its greatest obstacle during its formative stages.

Many people all over the world think of Hitler as evil incarnate and, as such, he has become almost synonymous with the devil. But such a comparison diminishes the evil he did. If Hitler is thought of as almost supernatural in his capacity to do evil, that lets humanity off the hook. The critical thing to remember is that Hitler was a human being and, therefore, responsible for his actions. Those actions should not be attributed to mystical, mythical or supernatural powers. The question of his sanity is as moot as it is irrelevant. He was a ruthless man who knew how to control and manipulate people and millions perished because of his actions. He is dead, but his methods can and are still being used by other human beings.

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rlbert00 4 years ago from USA

There is one thing that one cannot deny after even minimal research into Hitler; he was a shrewd politician. I think the most telling quote that you included was...“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.” How true is that? And your statement that he considered truth an obstacle and compassion a great weakness is right on the money too. Excellent research on a terrific article, nicely done.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thanks for the comment and compliment, rlbert00. I can't remember when I wasn't fascinated by history and the search for truth-- no matter how many of my pre-conceived notions get shattered. This has affected my world view: if your history can't stand the shining light of what really happened, you're living in someone else's fantasy.


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

UnnamedHarald, voted up and more. Well-researched and well-written hub.

A tangential observation: I'm sad that Mr. Godwin annunciated his famous law. Thanks to him, it's now unPC to draw parallels between Nazism and current events, even when the shoe fits, as it did during The Smirking Chimp's reign. However it's apparently OK to draw parallels between Communism and current events in the Western world. Go figure!


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Much appreciated, Larry. I'm going to have to look into this Mr. Godwin fellow. Being PC can be another form of lying.


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ata1515 4 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

Great collection of quotes. It is important to recognize that Hitler was human and anyone could be capable of that kind of evil. Voted up!


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi UnnamedHararld. Another cracking hub. The quotes show that he knew full well how to strike fear and divide. Great research as usual.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thanks, ata151! In my not-so-subtle way that was my chilling point-- strip out "destiny", "fate" and "mysticism" and you are left with a man who did those things. Thanks for the vote up.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

I always appreciate your thoughts, old albion. Thanks for the comment and the compliment.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Wow, this was an awesome article to read and how true do these "quotes" apply to now. It is almost scary how things are not so different today, Shared and voted up, way up UnnamedHarald!.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thanks, jenubouka, and thanks a bunch for your comment and vote up. I agree wholeheartedly-- very scary. This, to me, is a classic case of "those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it".


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

It is scary to look through history and discover the evil that people are capable of. This is one of the most obvious, and upsetting examples though there are hundreds more. You have written a useful article, and included some great quotes that reveal a truth about one of histories most disturbing individuals. Voted up and interesting.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Hi, dmop. Well, fortunately I like a good horror story now and then and what can be scarier than history? I've got it: history that is hidden from us. Thanks for the vote up.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Harald - An excellent Hub with a great selection of Hitler's most telling statements and observations. In retrospect is it any wonder that he and his followers built a sick, twisted and evil empire. Great work. SHARING


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thank you for commenting, phdast7 and especially for sharing. Hitler's quotations are far more chilling today than 25 years ago.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

World War II is my favorite topic of reading. Thank you for sharing this information on Adolf Hitler.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, jainismus.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Excellent hub. I really like your point, and I was thinking it while reading, that what Hitler had done reflects what we still do and, unfortunately, are capable of doing. He was not exceptionally evil, and what he did is still done today. Fascinating and instructive subject and hub.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

Thanks, NateB. I take your point. The only thing I would argue is that I think Hitler was an exeptionally evil man-- but not supernaturally so. The fact that governments today seem to be implementing (or re-implementing) some of his methods should be a wake up call. Unfortunately, most people don't study history so this is all new to them. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

We all have our opinions about Hitler. One thing regardless of his evil he had a brilliant mind to sway the people. However after going by several concentration camps many years ago..he was quite an evil being.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa Author

carol7777, thank you for stopping by and commenting. He was quite persuasive-- as many powerful people who thought they could control him found out to their ruin.

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