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Otto von Bismarck

1815-1898 ,  German chancellor
Otto von Bismarck Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s, he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states, significantly and deliberately excluding Austria, into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership.

Prime minister of Prussia (1862–73, 1873–90) and founder and first chancellor (1871–90) of the German Empire.

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Three professors- Homeland is lost.

Drei Professoren - Vaterland verloren!

The great questions of the time are not decided by speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

Politics is not an exact science.

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best

Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death.

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

There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.

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

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

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

prediction of 1888

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

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

Hounds follow those who feed them.

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

The Balkans aren't worth the life of a single Pomeranian grenadier.

Political judgment is the ability to hear the distant hoofbeats of the horse of history.

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

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

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

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.


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