Otto von Bismarck, German Leader ( April 1, 1815 - June 30, 1898 )

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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

War Eyes Soldier

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

War Lie People

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

War Day Decisions

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.~Otto von Bismarck

Legal Better See

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

War Rules Politeness

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

Respect Laws Watch

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.~Otto von Bismarck

Good Politics Russia

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.~Otto von Bismarck

Politics Believe Never

Politics is the art of the possible.~Otto von Bismarck

Art Politics Possible

Politics ruins the character.~Otto von Bismarck

Character Politics Ruins

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.~Otto von Bismarck

Children America United

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 Am Gentleman Try

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.~Otto von Bismarck

Truth World Fool

Politics is the art of the next best.~Otto von Bismarck

Art Best Politics

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.~Otto von Bismarck

Government Forward Look

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.~Otto von Bismarck

History Write Make

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.~Otto von Bismarck

Christian Civilization

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.~Otto von Bismarck

Man Practice Intention

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

Three Sight Seen

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.~Otto von Bismarck

Struggle Great Conflict

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.~Otto von Bismarck

Practice You Mean

Politics is not an exact science.~Otto von Bismarck

Science Politics Exact

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

God Wait Events

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.~Otto von Bismarck

Person Mistaken Calling

An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.~Otto von Bismarck

Fear Echo Never

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.~Otto von Bismarck

Expression Europe Wrong