Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success
There is only one greater folly than that of the fool who says in his heart there is no God, and that is the folly of the people that says with its head that it does not know whether there is a God or not
Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
Politics ruins the character.
Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable - the art of the next best
Politics is the art of the next best.
Politics is not an exact science.
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.
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
I consider even a victorious war as an evil, from which statesmanship must endeavor to spare nations
If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans
People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.
Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
the great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood
the main thing is to make history not to write it
It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
Hounds follow those who feed them.
Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.
man cannot control the current of events. he can only float with them and steer