I have never feared that the revolution would be engendered by the universities; but that at them a whole generation of revolutionaries must be formed, unless the evil is restrained, seems to me certain.... The greatest and consequently most urgent evil now is the press.... All journals, pamphlets in Germany must be under a censorship.

— Klemens Von Metternich

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The word 'Italy' is a geographical expression, a description which is useful shorthand, but has none of the political significance the efforts of the revolutionary ideologues try to put on it, and which is full of dangers for the very existence of the states which make up the peninsula.


Ten million ignorances do not constitute one knowledge.


Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when the circumstances are set in extremes.


The obvious is always least understood.


It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.


Stability is not immobility.


Italy is only a geographical expression.


The men who make history have not time to write it.


The events which can not be prevented, must be directed.


When France sneezes, all of Europe catches cold.


When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold.


Error has never approached my spirit.


About Klemens Von Metternich

Quotes 17 sayings
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

I came into the world either too early or too late; at present, I am good for nothing.


Men like M. de Talleyrand are like sharp instruments with which it is dangerous to play.


In Europe democracy is a falsehood. I do not know where it will end, but it cannot end in a quiet old age.


The word 'freedom' means for me not a point of departure but a genuine point of arrival. The point of departure is defined by the word 'order.' Freedom cannot exist without the concept of order.

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