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KARL OTTO VON SCHONHAUSEN BISMARCK
German statesman
(1815 - 1898)

A great unrecognized incapacity.
  [Fr., Une grande incapacite inconnue.]
      - of Napoleon III, while minister to Paris
        [Character]

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

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.
  [Ger., Lieber Spitzkugeln als Spitzreden.]
      - in a speech relative to Manteuffel's dealings with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse-Cassel
        [War]

History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it.
      - [History]

I see in our relations with our alliance a fault of Prussia's, which we must cure sooner or later ferro et igne.
  [Ger., Ich sehe in unserm Bundesverhaltnisse ein Gebrechen Preussens, welches wir fruher oder spater ferro et igne werden heilen mussen.]
      - in a letter to Baron von Schleinitz [War]

Let them stew in their own grease (or juice).
      - to Mr. Malet at Meaux, at the time of the Franco-German war
        [Punishment]

Let us put Germany, so to speak, in the saddle! you will see that she can ride.
  [Ger., Setzen wir Deutschland, so zu sagen, in den Sattel! Reiten wird es schon konnen.]
      - in the Parliament of the Confederation
        [Germany]

No work of art is worth the bones of a Pomeranian Grenadier.
      - quoted by [Art]

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.
      - [Lying]

The decision will come only from God, from the God of battles, when He lets fall from His hand the iron dice of destiny.
      - [War]

The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian father.
  [Fr., L'affaire Herzegovinienne ne vaut pas les os d'un fusilier pomeranien.]
      - [War]

The king reigns but does not govern.
  [Ger., Der Konig herrscht aber regiert nicht.]
      - in a debate in the Reichstag, but he denied the application of the maxim to Germany
        [Royalty]

The master of Bohemia is the master of Europe.
      - [Germany]

[The opposition Press] which is in the hands of malecontents who have failed in their career.
      - to a deputation from Rugen to the King
        [Journalism]

[The great questions of the day] are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.
      - Declaration to the Prussian House of Delegates
        [Questions : War]

We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.
  [Ger., Wir Deutschen furchten Gott, sonst aber Nichts in der Welt.]
      - In the Reichstag [Germany]

The Prussian Sovereigns are in possession of a crown not be the grace of the people, but by God's grace.
      - Speech in the Prussian Parliament
        [Royalty]

I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.
  [Ger., Ich bin gewoht in der Munze wiederzuzahlen in der man mich bezahlt.]
      - To the Ultramontanes [Retaliation]


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