When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
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 say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.
Politics is not an exact science.
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 secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
Politics ruins the character.
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Politics is the art of the possible.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Politics is the art of the next best.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.