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Henry Kissinger Quote: “I want to thank you for stopping the applause. It is impossible for me to look humble for any period of time.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The position is that stability and peace in Asia depend on a cooperative relationship between China and the United States.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “What political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Over time even two armed blind men in a room can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “To undertake a journey on a road never before traveled requires character and courage: character because the choice is not obvious; courage because the road will be lonely at first. And the statesman must then inspire his people to persist in the endeavor.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Now when I bore people at a party they think it’s their fault.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “It is always easy to divide the world into idealists and power-oriented people. The idealists are presumed to be the noble people, and the power-oriented people are the ones that cause all the world’s trouble.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The American formal position has been that we oppose violence by governments against their people. That principle should not be abandoned.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Our greatest foreign policy problem is our divisions at home. Our greatest foreign policy need is national cohesion and a return to the awareness that in foreign policy we are all engaged in a common national endeavor.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “But Japan drew from the challenge the opposite conclusion as China: it threw open its doors to foreign technology and overhauled its institutions in an attempt to replicate the Western powers’ rise.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “We attempted to try to solve every problem in the world, out of a sense of moral obligations, and attitudes, and our history. But no country can solve every problem without exhausting itself. Therefore, we have to establish priorities.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “For the greatest part of humanity and the longest periods of history, empire has been the typical mode of government.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The idea of abstract power only exists for academics, not in real life.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Clearly security without values is like a ship without a rudder. But values without security are like a rudder without a ship.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “John Paul II was one of the greatest men of the last century. Perhaps the greatest.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Jews were segregated from 1933 on. We could only play against other Jewish teams. This wasn’t just social segregation; this was the beginning of the extermination of the Jews. That’s why my family left Germany in 1938.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “I go out with actresses because I’m not apt to marry one.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The key decision for a statesman is whether to commit his nation or not. There is no middle course. Once a great nation commits itself, it must prevail. It will acquire no kudos for translating its inner doubts into hesitation.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “American politics are normally a result of pragmatic and not philosophical reasoning. No one in Washington has said we now prefer multilateralism.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The public life of every political figure is a continual struggle to rescue an element of choice from the pressure of circumstance.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Revolutionaries are rarely motivated primarily by material considerations-though the illusion that they are persists in the West.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “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 Quote: “Some of the critics viewed Vietnam as a morality play in which the wicked must be punished before the final curtain and where any attempt to salvage self-respect from the outcome compounded the wrong. I viewed it as a genuine tragedy. No one had a monopoly on anguish.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The Russian empire under czars and commissars has been hard to deal with for other countries.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Realism in foreign policy is made up of a clear set of values, since difficult foreign policy decisions are often decided with the narrowest of majorities. Without any sense of what is right and wrong, one would drown in a flood of difficult and pragmatic decisions.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “I also do not believe that the United States can let itself be driven into a political role by escalating terrorism, and therefore, the leaders of the Arab world and Arafat should do their utmost to put an end to this and then the United States should do its utmost to produce a political solution.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “You should not go to war for the privilege of withdrawal. You need to define your objective and the outcome, and it cannot be the removal of one man.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “History is the memory of States.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “We have three things in common: Irish wives, the ability to speak for 17 minutes without a verb, and the fact that we both speak with an accent.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The greatest need of the contemporary international system is an agreed concept of order.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “I had an opportunity to express my views, yes. I agreed with the approach which we took, namely, to make a distinction between the loss of life of the Chinese pilot and our military operations outside territorial waters or territorial limits.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “One has to remember that every progress that has been made towards peace in the Middle East has come under American leadership.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The Soviet Union would never be bound by agreements, Deng warned; it understood only the language of countervailing force.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “A more immediate issue concerns North Korea, to which Bismarck’s nineteenth-century aphorism surely applies: “We live in a wondrous time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “A nation riven by factions, in which the minority has no hope of ever becoming a majority, or in which some group knows it is perpetually outcast, will seem oppressive to its members, whatever the legal pretensions.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Well, on the American side, every new administration has to cut its teeth in a crisis, because before a crisis, you don’t really know what your various subordinates are thinking under stress.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “I believe that without Watergate we would have had an extraordinary period of success with a strong Nixon and a still vital Brezhnev in power.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Diplomats operate through deadlock, which is the way by which two sides can test each other’s determination. Even if they have egos for it few heads of government have the time to resolve stalemates, their meetings are too short and the demands of protocol too heavy.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The Israelis want security. The Arabs want dignity. And they consider the demands of each other as incompatible.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “To revolutionaries the significant reality is the world which they are fighting to bring about, not the world they are fighting to overcome.”
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