Otto von Bismarck

Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 - 30 July 1898) German aristocrat and statesman; Prime Minister of Prussia (1862 -1890), First Chancellor of Germany (1871 - 1890); he is nicknamed the Iron Chancellor and is noted for the laconicity of his statements.
Found 22 thoughts of Otto von Bismarck

Politics ruins the character.

Otto von Bismarck

Better pointed bullets than pointed words.

Otto von Bismarck

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

Otto von Bismarck

With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.

Otto von Bismarck

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

Otto von Bismarck

Politics is not an exact science.

Otto von Bismarck

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

Otto von Bismarck

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

Otto von Bismarck

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it into practice.

Otto von Bismarck

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.

Otto von Bismarck

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.

Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the next best.

Otto von Bismarck

A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.

Otto von Bismarck

A really great man is known by three signs... generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

Otto von Bismarck

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.

Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible. (originally, "Die Politik ist die Lehre von Möglichen.")

Otto von Bismarck

Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.

Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible.

Otto Von Bismarck

Show me an objective worthy of war and I will go along with you.

Otto Von Bismarck

A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and the United States of America.

Otto von Bismarck

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

Otto von Bismarck

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

Otto von Bismarck