Quotation by Joseph Goebbels

We can do without butter, but, despite all our love of peace, not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns.
Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945), German Nazi leader, Minister of Propaganda. speech, Jan. 17, 1936, Berlin. quoted in Allgemeine Zeitung (Jan. 18, 1936).

The origin of the "guns or butter" quote is unclear; in the summer of 1936, in a radio broadcast on the Four Year Plan, Hermann Goering announced, "Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
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