This quotation is faintly anti-German, playing to the idea that Germans are naturally inclined to obedience (not something I have noted much in my dealings with real life Germans).
But I do not use the quote to attack Germans -- I rather use it to point out how preposterous it is to try to make more laws and call that criminal reform.
Accept that we need criminal laws. Accept that some people who break those laws are too dangerous to allow free -- so we need places of confinement. Even so, our criminal laws must be few, and simple and clear. And they should prohibit only conduct worthy of criminal sanction.