Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others' experience.
Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)
Source: The 48 Laws of Power, Pages: 60
Contributed by: Obi
The luxury of one's own opinion.
Source: Speech to the Prussian Diet, December 17, 1873
Contributed by: Zaady
A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Politics is not an exact science . . . but an art.
Source: Speech, March 15, 1884
Politics is the art of the possible.
I have never lived on principles. When I have had to act, I never first asked myself on what principles I was going to act, but I went at it and did what I thought fit. I have often reproached myself for my want of principle.
The great questions of the time are not decided by speeches and majority decisions -that was the error of 1848 and 1849 - but by iron and blood.
Source: Speech to the Prussian Diet, Sept. 30, 1862
I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.
The king reigns but does not govern.
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