Otto von Bismarck

1815 - 1898

A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on life, principles, and thought

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.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on decisions, errors, majorities, questions, and time

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.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

Source: Speech to the Prussian Diet, Sept. 30, 1862

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on men

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I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on army

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A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

Source: Speech to North German Reichstag, September 24, 1967

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on design, execution, generosity, humanity, moderation, and success

A really great man is known by three signs - generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on fear, god, and world

We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

Source: Speech to the Reichstag, February 6, 1888

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck

Let us put Germany, so to speak in the saddle, you will see that she can ride.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

Source: Speech to Parliament of Confederation, 1867

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