November 30, 2016

Otto von Bismarck Quotes

“A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.”

“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 really great man is known by three signs… generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.”

“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.”

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

“If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans.”

“In England the more horses a nobleman has, the more popular he is. So long as the English are devoted to racing, Socialism has no chance with you.”

“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

“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 is the art of the possible, the attainable… the art of the next best.”

“Politics ruins the character.”

“The great questions of the day are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.”

“The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.”

“The main thing is to make history, not to write it.”

“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.”

“There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.”

“There is only one greater folly than that of the fool who says in his heart there is no God, and that is the folly of the people that says with its head that it does not know whether there is a God or not.”

“We live in a wondrous time in which the strong is weak because of his moral scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.”

“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 a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into 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.”

“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.”

“Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here… is France, and we’re in the middle — that’s my map of Africa.”