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Otto von Bismarck
German statesman, known as "The Iron Chancellor"
(1815-98)



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The great questions of our day cannot be solved by speeches and majority votes... but by iron and blood.
-- Otto von Bismarck, speech to the Prussian Budget Commission, 1862

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1863

Politics is not an exact science.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1863

Politics is the art of the possible.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1867

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, attributed

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.
-- Otto von Bismarck

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1867

Let us... put Germany in the saddle. She will know well enough how to ride!
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1867

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1876

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.
-- Otto von Bismarck, 1888

If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans.
-- Otto von Bismarck, remark to Ballen, shortlybefore Bismarck's death (attributed).



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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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