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Otto von Bismarck Quotes


A Prussian German statesman and aristocrat of the 19th century.
(1815 - 1898)

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(The great questions of the day) are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.
[War]
 

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
 

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
 

A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
 

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
 

An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
 

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
 

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
 

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.
[War]
 

History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it.
 

I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
 

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
[Government]
 

Let them stew in their own grease (or juice).
[Punishment]
 

Let us put Germany, so to speak, in the saddle! you will see that she can ride.
 

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
 

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
 

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
 

Politics is not an exact science.
[Politics]
 

Politics is the art of the next best.
 

Politics is the art of the possible.
 


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