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1815 - 1898, German politician

Politics is an inexact science.
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People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.
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Hounds follow those who feed them.
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Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.
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Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.
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Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of
politeness.
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An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
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With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and when I have to do with a pirate, I
try to be a pirate and a half.
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A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.
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Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will
think hard before starting a war.
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Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
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I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.
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Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has
the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
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When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
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The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States
great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that
foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant
riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilisation.
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It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.
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Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best.
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Laws are like sausages: It's better not to see them being made.
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He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.
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Laws are like medicine: They generally cure an evil by a lesser or a passing evil.
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There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of
America.
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When I have laid bait for deer, I don't shoot at the first doe that comes to sniff, but wait
until the whole herd has gathered round.
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The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
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