Politics is not an exact science.

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

No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

Love is blind; friendship tries not to notice.

To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.

A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

Politics is the art of the next best.

Politics is the art of the possible.

With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.

Politics ruins the character.

I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

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

A really great man is known by three signs... generosity in the design humanity in the execution moderation in success.

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.

Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.