Otto Von Bismarck Best Quotes

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. Enjoy Otto Von Bismarck’s best quotes below.

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

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