portrait of Otto von Bismarck
Portrait by Jacques Pilartz, 31 August 1890

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Quotes of the Day for 1 April 2002 – Otto von Bismarck

Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schönhausen was born at Schönhausen on this day in 1815. Called the Iron Chancellor, he was the architect of unified Germany in 1871, and created the first old-age social insurance program in 1889 - the model for Social Security in the US. He also left behind many pithy comments on government and politics.

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The quotes:

Never believe in anything until it has been officially denied.

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

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable ... the art of the next best.

Laws are like medicine; they generally cure an evil by a lesser or a passing evil.

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
     - Otto von Bismarck, 1815 - 1898

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