All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
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 is the art of the possible.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
Politics is not an exact science.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
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.
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't 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.