Politics is the art of the possible.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
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.
A statesman… must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
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.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.