Henry Kissinger

Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on Nixon administration, continuing in the latter position after Gerald Ford became President in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. A proponent of realpolitik, Kissinger played a dominant role in U.S. foreign policy between 1969 and 1977.
Found 23 thoughts of Henry Kissinger

A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.

Henry Kissinger

People think responsibility is hard to bear. It's not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.

Henry Kissinger

The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.

Henry Kissinger

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.

Henry Kissinger

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

Henry Kissinger

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Henry Kissinger

In relations with many domestically weak countries, a radio transmitter can be a more effective for form of pressure than a squadron of B-52's.

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If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.

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Ninety percent of all politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

Henry Kissinger

If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.

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The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

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The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

Henry Kissinger

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.

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Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.

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University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

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History knows no resting places and no plateaus.

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The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.

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Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.

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The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.

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There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Henry Kissinger

A crisis does not always appear to a policymaker as a series of dramatic events. Usually it imposes itself as an exhausting agenda of petty chores demanding both concentration and endurance.

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