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Quotes of the day: Otto von Bismarck

Published Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 4:15 AM EDT
Apr 01 2014

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (April 1, 1815 – July 30, 1898), known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In 1871, after a series of short victorious wars, he unified most of the German states (excluding Austria) into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. He then created a balance of power that preserved peace in Europe from 1871 until 1914. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

A generation that has taken a beating is always followed by a generation that deals one.

A statesman cannot create anything himself. He must wait and listen 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.

He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.

Hounds follow those who feed them.

I have found that nothing so deceives your adversaries as telling them the truth.

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

It is said that only a fool learns from his own mistakes, a wise man from the mistakes of others.

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.

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.

Politics ruins the character.

The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night.

The nation that has the schools has the future.

The three signs of great men are generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

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

We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world; and it is the fear of God, which lets us love and foster peace.

When a man says he approves of a thing in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

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