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Henry Kissinger Quote: “The capacity to admire others is not my most fully developed trait.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “President Nixon in his inaugural address indicated that he wanted an era of negotiation. Our reasoning was that whatever our ideological differences, whatever our geopolitical differences, we were condemned to coexistence by nuclear weapons.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “What political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify.”
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: “If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation – and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress.”
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 position is that stability and peace in Asia depend on a cooperative relationship between China and the United States.”
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: “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: “The genius of this system, and the reason it spread across the world, was that its provisions were procedural, not substantive.”
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: “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: “I go out with actresses because I’m not apt to marry one.”
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: “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: “The idea of abstract power only exists for academics, not in real life.”
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: “Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.”
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: “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: “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: “For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.”
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: “What distinguishes Sun Tzu from Western writers on strategy is the emphasis on the psychological and political elements over the purely military.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “In any of these evolutions, India will be a fulcrum of twenty-first-century order: an indispensable element, based on its geography, resources, and tradition of sophisticated leadership, in the strategic and ideological evolution of the regions and the concepts of order at whose intersection it stands.”
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: “History is the memory of States.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “John Paul II was one of the greatest men of the last century. Perhaps the greatest.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “I have great respect for the Taiwanese. They have done an extraordinary job. But it was not a sustainable position to say that the legitimate government of China resides in Taiwan, which at that time didn’t have much contact with the mainland.”
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: “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: “In his essay, ‘Perpetual Peace,’ the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, argued that perpetual peace would eventually come to the world in one of two ways, by human insight or by conflicts and catastrophes of a magnitude that left humanity no other choice. We are at such a juncture.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “The bargaining position of the victor always diminishes with time. Whatever is not exacted during the shock of defeat becomes increasingly difficult to attain later.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Facts are rarely self-explanatory; their significance, analysis, and interpretation – at least in the foreign policy world – depend on context and relevance.”
Henry Kissinger Quote: “Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.”
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: “If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.”
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: “For the Soul of France is masterful history, brilliantly researched, and hard to put down.”
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: “Revolutionaries are rarely motivated primarily by material considerations-though the illusion that they are persists in the West.”
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: “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: “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: “It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.”
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: “Now when I bore people at a party they think it’s their fault.”
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