Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany: Speech to the North German Regatta Association, 1901
In spite of the fact that we have no such fleet
as we should have, we have conquered for ourselves a place in the sun.
It will now
be my task to see to it that this place in the sun shall remain our undisputed possession, in order that the sun's rays may fall
fruitfully upon our activity and trade in foreign parts, that our industry and agriculture may develop within the state and our
sailing sports upon the water, for our future lies upon the water. The more Germans go out upon the waters, whether it be in races
or regattas, whether it be in journeys across the ocean, or in the service of the battle flag, so much the better it will be for us.
For when the German has once learned to direct
his glance upon what is distant and great, the pettiness which surrounds
daily life on all sides will disappear. Whoever wishes to have this larger and freer outlook can find no better place than one of the
Hanseatic cities....we are now making efforts to do what, in the old time, the Hanseatic cities could not accomplish, because they
lacked the vivifying and protecting power of the empire. May it be the function of my Hansa during many years of peace to
protect and advance commerce and trade!
As head of the Empire I therefore rejoice over
every citizen, whether from Hamburg, Bremen, or Lübeck, who goes forth
large outlook and seeks new points where we can drive in the nail on which to hang our armor. Therefore, I believe that I express
the feeling of all your hearts when I recognize gratefully that the director of this company who has placed at our disposal the
wonderful ship which bears my daughter's name has gone forth as a courageous servant of the Hansa, in order to make for us
friendly conquests whose fruits will be gathered by our descendants!
C. Gauss, The German Kaiser as Shown in His Public Utterances (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915), pp. 181-183.