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Otto von Bismarck
(1 Apr 1815 - 30 Jul 1898)

Prussian statesman and Chancellor who unified German states into one empire under Prussian leadership, thus founding and becoming the first chancellor of the German Empire (1870-90).

Science Quotes by Otto von Bismarck (2 quotes)

Die Politik ist keine Wissenschaft, wie viele der Herren Professoren sich einbilden, sondern eine Kunst, sie ist ebensowenig.
Politics is not a science, as many of the professors imagine, but an art, it is just like that.
— Otto von Bismarck
Original German in Otto von Bismarck, Horst Kohl, Bismarckreden: 1847-1895 (1899), 255. As quoted in translation in William Roscoe Thayer 'Cavour and Bismarck', The Atlantic (Mar 1909), 103, 343.
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Physicians still retain something of their priestly origin; they would gladly do what they forbid.
— Otto von Bismarck
Quoted in Frank Heynick, Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga (2002), 293.
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Bismarck, enraged at Virchow’s constant criticisms, has his seconds call upon the scientist to challenge him to a duel. “As the challenged party, I have the choice of weapons,” said Virchow, “and I chose these.” He held aloft two sausages. “One of these,” he went on, “is infected with deadly germs; the other is perfectly sound. Let his Excellency decide which one he wishes to eat, and I will eat the other.” Almost immediately the message came back that the chancellor had decided to laugh off the duel.
As quoted in Clifton Fadiman (ed.), André Bernard (ed.), Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes (2000), 556, citing E. Fuller, 2500 Anecdotes.
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