When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)
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Politics is not an exact science . . . but an art.
Source: Speech, March 15, 1884
Politics is the art of the possible.
A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.
Source: Speech to North German Reichstag, September 24, 1967
A really great man is known by three signs - generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.
Source: Speech to the Reichstag, February 6, 1888
Let us put Germany, so to speak in the saddle, you will see that she can ride.
Source: Speech to Parliament of Confederation, 1867
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