"I need very little recognition, and am tolerably unsusceptible against criticsim." - June 2, 1865.
"At any rate it must be allowed that I have always expressed my convictions decidedly, clearly, and openly." - December 17, 1873.
" I am a statesman who subordinates himself to the needs and requirements of the State in the interest of the peace and prosperity of my Fatherland." - December 17, 1873.
"I have always endeavoured to learn new things, and when I have as a consequence had to correct an earlier opinion, I have done it at once, and I am proud to have done so, for I ever place my country before my person." - March 28, 1874.
"I aim at definite, positive, practical ends." - October 9, 1878.
"For my part I shall certainly follow to the end the way which I believe to be the best in my country's interest; whether my reward be hatred or love, is all the same to me." - July 9, 1879.
"I do my duty and await the result." - April 2, 1881.