The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
I am bored. The great things are done. The German Reich is made.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
With bad laws and good civil servants it's still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can't help.
Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.
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.
You can do anything with children if you only play with them.
Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.
Not even the King himself has the right to subordinate the interests of his country to his own feelings of love or hatred towards strangers; he is, however, responsible towards God and not to me if he does so, and therefore on this point I am silent.
Great men have great dogs.
Better pointed bullets than pointed words.
A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.
One can put some trust in the gratitude of a sovereign, and also in that of his family; under certain conditions, one can even rely upon it; but one can never expect anything from the gratitude of a nation.
Show me an objective worthy of war and I will go along with you.
Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
Fools you are who say you like to learn from your mistakes. I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others, and avoid the cost of my own.
I have often regretted what I have eaten, but never what I have drunk.
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.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
No civilization other than that which is Christian, is worth seeking or possessing.
Hounds follow those who feed them.
Let us put Germany, so to speak, in the saddle! you will see that she can ride.
Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.
Life has taught me to forgive much, but to seek forgiveness still more.
Revolutions in Prussia are started by kings, and since it is a revolution, it is better to start it ourselves than to suffer of it
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