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Read through the most famous quotes from Otto von Bismarck
Faust complained about having two souls in his breast, but I harbor a whole crowd of them and they quarrel. It is like being in a republic. ↗
Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best ↗
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Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience. ↗
[N]icht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschiedenen [...] sondern durch Eisen und Blut. ↗
In the midst of this disarray the European balance of power was restructured with the creation of the German Empire as the dominant power in Europe. Other European nations led by Britain and France were acquiring colonies in a rapid fashion (see New Imperialism). "
Bismarck also repeated his emphatic warning against any German military involvement in Balkan disputes.
He disliked colonialism but reluctantly built an overseas empire when it was demanded by both elite and mass opinion. As Henry Kissinger has noted "The man of 'blood and iron' wrote prose of extraordinary directness and lucidity comparable in distinctiveness to Churchill's use of the English language. Bismarck (a devout Lutheran) was loyal to his king who in turn gave Bismarck his full support.