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They really do exist, and they do exist again and again, namely people who can not only inspire other people, but also set an example for them how one could lead one's own life, if one only wanted to.

The nice thing about it is that everyone finds people in the course of their life who are also inspiration for them. Lucky are those who can identify these people in their own environment. Even luckier are those who deal with these people themselves and can be inspired almost immediately on site - in the here and now.

However, most people probably find such inspiration among people who have not been with us for a long time, but who can continue to inspire others through stories or their own books and help them to look at their own lives with different eyes.

Over time, not only do most people's own attitudes change, but also the people to whom they attribute an influence on their own thinking and work.

However, some of these people are so important to individuals that they remain with them throughout life as inspiration and role models.

I myself regularly ask myself which person can serve as an inspiration for me on the one hand and on the other hand also be a kind of role model. It is very interesting how these people have changed over the course of my life, but also which ones are still important to me today.

Right here you will find such people listed, and I will also try to give a reason. But as I said, this list will change again and again until the end.

If this list "inspires" one or the other reader, I would be very happy.

  • Jesus of Nazareth
    My rationale can be found in the New Testament
  • Siddhartha Gautama
    His life story has always fascinated me
  • Sunzi
    One of the most important strategists and author of "The Art of War"
  • Marcus Aurelius
    Philosopher and author of "Introspections"
  • Augustine of Hippo
    Christian and pioneering thinker
  • Miyamoto Musashi
    Exemplary soldier, very important strategist and author of "The Book of the Five Rings"
  • Martin Luther
    Christ and savior of the Christian churches as a whole
  • Immanuel Kant
    Philosopher and author of "To eternal peace"
  • Helmuth von Moltke, the older
    Exemplary soldier and important, as well as very successful, strategist
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Convinced pacifist
  • Henry Ford
    Pioneering Entrepreneur
  • Aldous Huxley
    Writer and Author of Brave New World
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Philosopher and person with many interests
  • Charlie Chaplin
    Director and comedian, makes you laugh and cry at the same time
  • Konrad Adenauer
    Statesman and forward-thinking politician
  • Altiero Spinelli
    European through and through
  • George Orwell
    Writer and desperate European
  • Franz Kafka
    Writer who makes you think
  • Sophie scholl
    You don't have to be a fighting machine to stand up to injustice
  • Dag Hammarskjöld
    Statesman and author of "Signs on the Way"
  • Albert Einstein
    Genius and human at the same time
  • Jean Monnet
    Brilliant institutionalist with his heart in the right place
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    writer and soldier
  • Coco Chanel
    Entrepreneur who made me think about fashion too
  • Ralph Dahrendorf
    Scientist and born-and-bred liberal
  • Jean-Claude Juncker
    Statesman, human being and European through and through

"But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer."

Martha Nussbaum, in O Magazine (November 2003)
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