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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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.
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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