29 Otto Von Bismarck Quotes That Will Make You Smarter
Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).
It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.
Politics ruins the character.
Politics is not an exact science.
Politics is the art of the possible.
Politics is the art of the next best.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.
All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
A government must not waiver once it has chosen it’s course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
A statesman… must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
I have a burden on my soul. During my long life, I did not make anyone happy, neither my friends, nor my family, nor even myself. I have done many evil things… I was the cause of the beginning of three big wars. About 800,000 people were killed because of me on the battlefields., and their mothers, brothers, and widows cried for them. And now this stands between me and God.
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