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“Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.”
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“People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.”
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tags: lies
“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
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“When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. ”
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“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”
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“It is the destiny of the weak to be devoured by the strong.”
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“Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.”
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“Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.”
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“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).”
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“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.”
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“God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.”
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“Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful.”
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“Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war”
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“Hounds follow those who feed them.”
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tags: dogs, pets
“Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.”
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“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best”
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“the great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood”
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tags: war
“the main thing is to make history not to write it”
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tags: war
“الحياة أشبه بالتواجد عند طبيب الأسنان. فأنت تعتقد دائما أن الأسوأ هو الذي لا يزال في طريقه إليك، رغم أنه يكون قد انتهى بالفعل.”
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“man cannot control the current of events. he can only float with them and steer”
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“Fools say that they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by others experience.”
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“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.”
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“The statesman's task is to hear God's footsteps marching through history, and to try and catch on to His coattails as He marches past. ”
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“I have a burden on my soul. During my long life, I did not make anyone happy, neither my friends, nor my family, nor even myself. I have done many evil things...I was the cause of the beginning of three big wars. About 800,000 people were killed because of me on the battlefields., and their mothers, brothers, and widows cried for them. And now this stands between me and God.”
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“Politics ruins the character”
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“[Government]is cancerous in head and limbs;only its belly is sound, and the laws it excretes are the most strightforward shit in the world.”
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“[N]icht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschiedenen [...] sondern durch Eisen und Blut.”
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“Never believe anything in politics until it has been offically denied.”
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“Politics is not an exact science.”
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“An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.”
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