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Otto von Bismarck quotes (24)

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
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A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
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A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
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All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
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An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
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Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
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Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
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I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
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Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
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Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
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No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
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People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
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Politics is not an exact science.
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Politics is the art of the next best.
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Politics ruins the character.
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The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
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The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
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The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
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There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
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To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
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When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
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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.
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When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
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With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.
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