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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Otto Von Bismarck on politics, government, diplomacy, responsibility, elections, war, power, wisdom, politeness, control, anarchism, manipulation and conflict.

40 Famous Quotes By Otto Von Bismarck, The Iron Chancellor Of Germany

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Otto Eduard Leopold, better known as Otto von Bismarck, was a Prussian statesman who served as the first Chancellor of Germany. Owing to his statesmanship and domineering rule and his plans for the Unification of Germany; he was by named as ‘Iron Chancellor’. In a bid to achieve his ultimate goal to unify Germany, Bismarck plotted three wars. ‘Realpolitik’, was his diplomacy that was considered the main attribute towards the unification of Germany. Although he was criticized for his bold and aggressive approach on governance, Bismarck was exalted for his work and thoughts. He introduced polices such as ‘old age pensions’, ‘accident insurances’, ‘medical care’, and ‘unemployment insurance’ and his thoughts and work made him popular among the people. Though Bismarck did not know what would happen to the Unified Germany after his regime, he tirelessly served for its upcoming. He has been one of the most prominent historical figures and his thoughts an quotations on polity, diplomacy and war are very famous. His sayings, quotations and thoughts on diplomacy, historians, war, observation, blood and iron are extensively quoted by people all over.

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

- Otto von Bismarck

Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.

- Otto von Bismarck

Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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.

- 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

Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful.

- Otto von Bismarck

Man cannot control the current of events. he can only float with them and steer

- Otto von Bismarck

The statesman's task is to hear God's footsteps marching through history, and to try and catch on to His coattails as He marches past.

- Otto von Bismarck

We live in a wondrous time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.

- Otto von Bismarck

Hounds follow those who feed them.

- Otto von Bismarck

The main thing is to make history not to write it

- Otto von Bismarck

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

Politics ruins the character

- Otto von Bismarck

Politics is not an exact science.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.

- Otto von Bismarck

[N]icht durch Reden und Majorittsbeschlsse werden die groen Fragen der Zeit entschiedenen [...] sondern durch Eisen und Blut.

- Otto von Bismarck

Crowned heads, wealth and privilege may well tremble should ever again the Black and Red unite!" -after the split between Anarchists and Marxists in 1872

- Otto von Bismarck

Politics is the art of the possible,the science of the relative.

- Otto von Bismarck

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

- Otto von Bismarck

In order to retain a certain respect for sausages and laws, one must not see them being made.

- Otto von Bismarck

[Government]is cancerous in head and limbs;only its belly is sound, and the laws it excretes are the most strightforward shit in the world.

- Otto von Bismarck

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.

- Otto von Bismarck

Verfallen wir nicht in den Fehler, bei jedem Andersmeinenden entweder an seinem Verstndnis oder an seinem guten Willen zu zweifeln.

- Otto von Bismarck

Ludzie najbardziej kłamią: po polowaniu, w czasie wojny i przed wyborami.

- Otto von Bismarck