Otto von Bismarck

(Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg)

Quotes
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A government may not waver; once it has chosen its course, it must, without looking to right or left, thenceforth go forward. Leaders & Leadership
A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward. Government ;Management & Managing Government ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring. Miscellaneous
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
Politics is not an exact science. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Social Sciences
Politics is the art of the possible. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Politics ruins the character. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Religion & God
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. War & Peace
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. War & Peace
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. Government
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
Politics is the art of the next best. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood. War & Peace
The main thing is to make history, not to write it. History
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. Respect
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. Truth
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.