Ach, du lieber Gott in Himmel!
Lessons in statesmanship: From Bismarck to Muldoon
“A statesman cannot create anything himself. He must wait and listen until he hears the steps of God sounding through events; then leap up and grasp the hem of his garment. “
—Otto von B., quoted by Alan John Percivale Taylor in Bismarck: The Man and the Statesman, 1955.
[Bismarck] liked to say that a statesman’s main task was “to listen until he hears the rustle of God’s robe, then leap up and grasp the hem of the garment.”
—Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, 2003.
Even Bismarck, the supreme realist, emphasized the ultimate moral basis of realist statesmanship: “The best a statesman can do is to listen carefully to the footsteps of God, get ahold [sic] of the hem of His cloak and walk with Him a few steps of the way.”
— Henry A. Kissinger, The New Criterion, June 2012.
Bismarck had once said that a sign of the statesman is one who recognizes fate as she rushes past and grabs on to the hem of her cloak
—Robert B. Zoellick, “NAFTA and the North American Future,” prepared remarks delivered at the Baylor University, Oct. 15, 2013
Bismarck once said that “a sign of the statesman is one who recognizes fate as she rushes past and grabs on to the hem of her cloak.”
—The Rt. Hon. Byron Muldoon, “Three Amigos must revive the spirit of NAFTA,” Globe and Mail, Feb. 18, 2014.