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Page 313 - Prussia — such was the point of my speech — as a glance at the map will show, could no longer wear unaided on its long narrow figure the panoply which Germany required for its security ; that must be equally distributed over all German peoples. We should get no nearer the goal by speeches, associations, decisions of majorities; we should be unable to avoid a serious contest, a contest which could only be settled by blood and iron.
Page 164 - I was prepared for antipathy on account of my alleged anti-English feelings and by reason of my refusal to obey English influences; but from a conversation which I had with the princess after the war of 1866 while sitting next to her at table I was obliged to conclude that she had subsequently allowed herself to be influenced in her judgment of my character by further-reaching calumnies. I was ambitious, she said, in a half-jesting tone, to be a king or at least president of a republic. I replied...
Page 164 - I was a reactionary party man who took up sides for Russia in order to further an Absolutist and "Junker" policy. It was not to be wondered at that this view of the Prince's and of the then partisans of the Duke of Coburg had descended to the Prince's daughter, who shortly after became our Crown Princess.
Page 311 - ... his own clear homely common sense ; and there was no one in his political or personal surroundings who could explain to him how meaningless was all this phrase-making, and represent the cause of a healthy German interest. The Regent and his minister at that time believed in the truth of the saying: 'II ya quelqu'un qui a plus d'esprit que Monsieur de Talleyrand, c'est tout le monde.' Tout le monde, however, in point of fact takes too long about finding out what is right, and as a rule the moment...
Page 316 - This set him on a course of thought which was quite familiar to him ; and in a few minutes he was restored to the confidence which he had lost at Baden, and even recovered his cheerfulness. To give up his life for King and Fatherland was the duty of an officer; still more that of a King, as the first officer in the land.
Page 347 - Gortchakoff into alternate phases of absolutism and — not exactly Liberalism — but parliamentarism. He thought himself a great speaker, indeed was so, and was fond of imagining the thrill of admiration which his eloquence might propagate through Europe from a tribune in Warsaw or in Russia. It was assumed that liberal concessions, if granted to the Poles, could not be withheld from the Russians ; Russian constitutionalists were therefore philo-Polish. While public opinion with us was busy with...
Page 313 - Roon, who was present, expressed his dissatisfaction with my remarks on our way home, and said, among other things, that he did not regard these ' witty digressions' as advantageous for our cause. For my part, I was torn between the desire of winning over members to an energetic national policy, and the danger of inspiring the King, whose own disposition was cautious, and shrank from 1 Cf.
Page 318 - Frankfort, did I doubt that the key to German politics was to be found in princes and dynasties, not in publicists, whether in parliament and the press, or on the barricades.
Page 315 - Aprh, indeed; we shall be dead,' answered the King. * Yes," I continued, ' then we shall be dead; but we must all die sooner or later, and can we perish more honourably ? I, fighting far my King's cause, and your Majesty sealing with your own blood your rights as King by the grace of God; whether on the scaffold or the battlefield, makes no difference to the glory of sacrificing life and limb for the rights assigned to you by the grace of God. Your Majesty must not think of Lewis XVI; he lived and...
Page 322 - ... dynasty and all its rightful successors to have passed away, the political cohesion of Prussia would survive. Is it quite certain that the eastern and the western divisions, that Pomeranians and Hanoverians, natives of Holstein and Silesia, of Aachen and Konigsberg, would then continue as they now are, bound together in the indisruptible unity of the Prussian state ? Or Bavaria — if the Wittelsbach dynasty were to vanish and leave not a trace behind, would Bavaria continue to hold together...