Klemens von Metternich

(Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar, Prince von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein)

Klemens von Metternich
Klemens von Metternich
  • Born: May 15, 1773
  • Died: June 12, 1859
  • Nationality: Austrian
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A special representative of the ruler of each state shall be appointed for each university, with appropriate instructions and extended powers . . . . The function of this agent shall be to see to the strictest enforcement of existing laws and disciplinary regulations; to observe carefully the spirit which is shown by the instructors in the university in their public lectures and regular courses, and, without directly interfering in scientific matters or in the methods of teaching, to give a salutary direction to the instruction, having in view the future attitude of the students. Lastly, he shall devote unceasing attention to everything that may promote morality, good order, and outward propriety among the students. . . . The confederated governments mutually pledge themselves to remove from the universities or other public educational institutions all teachers who, by obvious deviation from their duty, or by exceeding the limits of their functions, or by the abuse of their legitimate influence over the youthful minds, or by propagating harmful doctrines hostile to public order or subversive of existing governmental institutions, shall have unmistakably proved their unfitness for the important office entrusted to them. . . . Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when the circumstances are set in extremes. Management & Managing Government
England is the freest land on earth because it is the best disciplined. Freedom & Liberty
Gratitude is not an active sentiment in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I shall die as I have lived, not as a politician but as a socialist. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In a hundred years the historian will understand me better. History
Italy is a geographical concept. States. Nations & Nationhood
My constant efforts are directed against ultras of all kinds. Management & Managing Government
No publication which appears in the form of daily issues, or as a serial not exceeding twenty sheets of printed matter, shall go to press in any state of the union without the previous knowledge and approval of the state officials. Media, Journalism & The Press
No student who shall be expelled from a university by a decision of the university senate which was ratified or prompted by the agent of the government, or who shall have left the institution in order to escape expulsion, shall be received in any other university. . . . Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Politics is the science of the vital interests of States in the highest sphere. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The commission shall be a joint investigation, as thorough and extensive as possible, of the facts relating to the origin and manifold ramifications of the revolutionary plots and demagogical associations directed against the existing constitution and the internal peace both of the union and of the individual states; of the existence of which plots more or less clear evidence is to be had already, or may be produced in the course of the investigation. . . . Miscellaneous
The conservative principles are applicable to the to the most diverse situations. Liberals & Conservatives
The cultivation of the ego must recognize bounds in the lives of states as in private life, in order not to be reduced to absurdity. States. Nations & Nationhood
The days of the giants are over. Leaders & Leadership
The Diet shall have the right, moreover, to suppress on its own authority, without being petitioned, such writings, in whatever German state they may appear, as, in the opinion of a commission appointed by it, are inimical to the honor of the union, the safety of individual states, or the maintenance of peace and quiet in Germany. There shall be no appeal from such decisions Regulation & Deregulation
The Emperor Francis is already ill. The other leaders [of the nation] are all mad and belong in the lunatic asylum. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The great axioms of political science are deduced from the knowledge of the true political interests of all States: in these general interests lies the security for their existence, while the individual interests,—to which the daily or transitory political movements occasionally lend a great importance, and the promotion of which constitutes political wisdom in the eyes of a restless and short-sighted policy,—possess only a relative and secondary worth. Policy & Policy Making ;Social Sciences
The man of public life has always at command a sure resource against this danger [losing political battles],—that is, retirement. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
To me the political game did not at all seem to answer the needs of the time. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
To ruin those who possess something is not to come to the aid of those who possess nothing; it is only to render misery general. Taxes
Today the greatest evil—and therefore the most immediate—is the press. Media, Journalism & The Press
What is called a constitution today is nothing but "get out so I can get in. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
When Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold. Miscellaneous
Whoever has a principle, must go with it to the extreme, not hold by a middle. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising