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

Author Quotes

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.

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

The king reigns but does not govern.

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.

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

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

An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.

It is not by speeches and majority vote that the great questions of our time will be decided ? as that was error of 1848 and 1849 ? but rather by iron and blood.

The luxury of one's own opinion.

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

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

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

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.

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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