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- What is merit? The opinion one man entertains of another.
- The time is fast coming when we shall be obliged to strike another blow in China... These half-civilized Governments such as those in China, Portugal, Spanish America all require a dressing every eight or ten years to keep them in order. Their minds are too shallow to receive an impression that will last longer than some such period and warning is of little use. They care little for words and they must not only see the stick but actually feel it on their shoulders before they yield.
- (29 September 1850)
- The Schleswig-Holstein question is so complicated, only three men in Europe have ever understood it. One was Prince Albert, who is dead. The second was a German professor who became mad. I am the third and I have forgotten all about it.
- Die, my dear doctor! That's the last thing I shall do!
- Last Words