Otto von Bismarck, Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg

Otto von
Bismarck, Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg
1815
1908

German Statesman known as the "Iron Chancellor" who unified numerous German states into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire

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By the 1990s, advertising with celebrities had really taken off,

Let them stew in their own grease (or juice).

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

Concerning the blunders which had been made in our foreign policy public opinion is, as a rule, first enlightened when it is in a position to look back upon the history of a generation, and the Achivi qui plectuntur are not always immediately contemporary with the mistaken actions.

Let us lift Germany, so to speak, into the saddle. Surely when that is achieved, it will succeed at riding as well.

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

Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal... A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all... I cannot tell you when that explosion will occur, but I can tell you where... Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans will set it off.

Life is like a presence at the dentist. You always think that the worst is still on its way to you, even though it is already over.

They treat me like a fox, a cunning fellow (Schlaukopf) of the first rank. But the truth is that with a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to do with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half.

Faust complained about having two souls in his breast, but I harbor a whole crowd of them and they quarrel. It is like being in a republic.

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.

To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.

Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.

Not by speeches and majority decisions will the great questions of the time decided... but by iron and blood.

We Germans fear God and nothing else on earth; and it is the fear of God, and nothing else, that makes us love and cherish peace.

God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.

One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.

When asked what was the greatest political fact of modern times, Bismarck is reported to have responded, that it was " the inherited and permanent fact that North America speaks English.

Government is cancerous in head and limbs; only its belly is sound, and the laws it excretes are the most straightforward shit in the world.

Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.

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

Otto von Bismarck: The Germans have just bought a new country in Africa where Jews and pigs will be tolerated.

With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to do with a pirate, I try to be a pirate and a half.

Hit the Poles so hard that they despair of their life; I have full sympathy with their condition, but if we want to survive, we can only exterminate them; the wolf, too, cannot help having been created by God as he is, but people shoot him for it if they can.

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First Name
Otto von
Last Name
Bismarck, Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg
Birth Date
1815
Death Date
1908
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German Statesman known as the "Iron Chancellor" who unified numerous German states into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire