• Bismarck's genius, as well as his great flaw, was the same as that of another outstanding nineteenth-century politician of the German-speaking world, Prince Clemens Metternich. Both men were artificers, able to hold off the future by building a fragile present out of pieces of the past.

    Robert D. Kaplan (2014). “Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History”, p.54, Picador
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