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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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.

People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.

Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here... is France, and we're in the middle ? that's my map of Africa.

I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.

Politics ruins the character

I have a burden on my soul. During my long life, I did not make anyone happy, neither my friends, nor my family, nor even myself. I have done many evil things...I was the cause of the beginning of three big wars. About 800,000 people were killed because of me on the battlefields., and their mothers, brothers, and widows cried for them. And now this stands between me and God.

The advertisement still has to be creative. Additionally, the consumer wants to see the celebrity 'on the job', i.e. in a known role or stereotype,

A Bavarian is half-way between an Austrian and a human being.

I have never lived on principles. When I have had to act, I never first asked myself on what principles I was going to act, but I went at it and did what I thought fit. I have often reproached myself for my want of principle.

The great questions of the day will not be decided by speeches and the resolutions of majorities ? that was the great mistake from 1848 to 1849 ? but by blood and iron.

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

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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