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 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
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
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