He knew exactly what he wanted, and was resolved to do three things which he at last accomplished: to crush the independence of Germany's minor sovereigns; to render Austria subordinate to Prussia; and, finally, to make of Germany one mighty empire with the King of Prussia as its ruler. In doing this he did not hesitate as to the means employed. He was a believer not in long discussions, but in action. Oratory he considered a waste of time. " The great questions of the day," he said in 1862, "are settled not by speeches and the decisions of majorities, but by blood and iron."
Bismarck And The Young Kaiser.
In memory of all that he has done, it is not strange that Germany admires Bismarck, the last survivor of the giants of that stirring epoch. It is true, like most great men, he shows to better advantage on a pedestal, than under close inspection. He was cruel and relentless; so was Richelieu. He was cunning and revengeful; so was Mazarin. He cherished great ambitions and provoked great wars; so did Napoleon. But first, last, and always he has been completely and unselfishly loyal; first to Prussia, secondly to Germany. Hence, since perfection is not found in poor humanity, the portrait-gallery of the world's great men, whom Time and History select and classify, will evermore contain the face of that great master of diplomacy and founder of the German Empire, Otto Von Bismarck.
Von Moltke And Bismarck.
Schiller And Goethe.