Quotes by Otto von Bismarck

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
A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
– 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
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
– Otto von Bismarck
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
– Otto von Bismarck
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
– 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
Politics is not an exact science.
– Otto von Bismarck
Politics is the art of the next best.
– 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 main thing is to make history, not to write it.
– Otto von Bismarck
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
– Otto von Bismarck
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, 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
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
– 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
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
Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.
– Otto von Bismarck