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Otto von Bismark
1815 - 1898
Chancellor of Germany, 1870-1890

Never believe in anything until it has been officially denied.

Men should not know how their laws or sausages are made.

Politics ruins the character.

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

The bureaucracy is what we all suffer from.

1891 - from a speech
Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable ... the art of the next best.

Aug. 11, 1867
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

The three signs of great men are - generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.