Otto von Bismarck is not generally thought of as a deep philosopher, humanitarian or hero of representative government. But he did have his moments. For your weekend entertainment, hear are some of his nuggets:
A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.Politics is not an exact science.Politics is the art of the next best.Politics is the art of the possible.Politics ruins the character.When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it in practice.When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Let's hope he's still right about the last one...
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