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
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.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.
Source: Speech to North German Reichstag, May 21, 1809
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.
Source: Speech, 1850
The luxury of one's own opinion.
Source: Speech to the Prussian Diet, December 17, 1873
A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.
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