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Otto Von Bismarck Otto Von Bismarck is highly regarded as one of the most cunning and devious artisans of his profession that Europe has produced. This Prussian statesman through his political manipulations was responsible unifying all the Germanic lands of Europe into what became known as the Second Reich. His "iron and blood" speeches earned him the moniker The Iron Chancellor much to the misfortune of Denmark, Austria and France who all spilled the blood of its sons facing off with the rising Reich. Benjamin Disraeli was respectfully quoted to say of him: "be careful about that man, he means what he says". Indeed he did, the problem the German Empire faced was there was no one of his equal to follow him as Kaiser Wilhelm led the 2nd Reich into a disastrous world war and Hitler's 3rd Reich finished off all the remarkable achievements Bismarck had gained for his beloved mother country. Von Bismarck's legacy was the industrialisation of the German states and the introduction of social welfare for its citizens. He recognised the value in state run public services and nationalised the railroads and before long state run business were generating more revenue than taxes. Prior to WWI the German Empire was to become the second largest economy in the world and it was all put together by this remarkable Prussian politician and statesman. When great men talk people stand up listen to their words for they are given special meaning, they are also good for a one liner so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Otto Von Bismarck quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck
  • Born: 1st April 1815, Schönhausen, Kreis Jerichow II, Province of Saxony, Prussia
  • Died: 30th July 1898, Friedrichsruh, Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire
  • Alma mater: University of Göttingen, University of Berlin and University of Greifswald
  • Occupation: Lawyer and politician
  • Positions of power: Chancellor of the German Empire, In office 21st March 1871 – 20th March 1890 and President of Prussia In office 9th November 1873 – 20th March 1890
  • Nickname: The Iron Chancellor
  • Trivia: Bismarck was responsible for building the powerful German empire of the late 19th century and he dominated European politics for the best part of the latter half of the 19th century
  • Famous quote about Otto Von Bismarck: The British prime minister William Gladstone called him: "the incarnation of evil" and the Russian Tsar Alexander II when describing the 1878 Congress Of Berlin as "a European coalition against Russia, under Bismarck" was a little peeved

"What we learn from History is that no one learns from History"

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"The Americans are a very lucky people. They're bordered to the north and south by weak neighbours, and to the east and west by fish"

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"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election"

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"One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans" (quote from 1888)

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"Never fight with Russian. On your every stratagem they answer unpredictable stupidity"

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

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"Politics is not an exact science"

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"Politics is the art of the possible"

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"Let us lift Germany, so to speak, into the saddle"

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"He who has his thumb on the purse has the power"

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"Preventive war is like committing suicide for fear of death"

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"Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others"

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"Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal"

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"We live in a wondrous time in which the strong is weak because of his moral scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity"

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"When you want to fool the world, tell the truth"

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