Diminutive in the imposing vastness of her office, Angela Merkel appears surprisingly frail for someone who's spent the past 20 years upending political norms. Now 55, Merkel, Germany's first Chancellor raised in the communist East, is the head of a democratic form of government and the guardian of individual freedoms the she was denied until her 30s. She outsmarted phalanxes of gray haired, gray suited machine politicians to set two other precedents, becoming the first woman to occupy the Chancellery as well as its youngest incumbent.
" I felt sorry for Oliver Kahn. Up to that point he had made lots of saves for the German team. Of coursse he could have caught the ball but it just happened. It was bad luck. In that situation, you need to be very strong psychologically to carry on."
'' I lost a loved one in a car accident and it is something that has shaped the way I appreciate life and how quickly it can be taken away"
" Every time we get in the car we are risking our lives but life is for living and I try my best to not live in fear"
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."