"As a child I was a great liar. Fortunately my mother liked my lies. I promised her marvelous things."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Gunter Grass on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Gunter Grass on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Gunter Grass on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Gunter Grass on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Gunter Grass on Winston Churchill
"I don't believe in writing at night because it comes too easily. When I read it in the morning it's not good. I need daylight to begin. Between nine and ten o'clock I have a long breakfast with reading and music."
"I have often supported Israel, I have often visited the country and want the country to exist and at last find peace with its neighbours."
"My relationship with Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm reaches far back into my childhood. I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales. I even saw a theater production of 'Tom Thumb' during Advent at the State Theater in Danzig, which my mother took me to see."