Henry Kissinger

United States diplomat who served under President Nixon and President Ford (born in 1923)

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Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.Rate it:
Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.Rate it:
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.Rate it:
History knows no resting places and no plateaus.Rate it:
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.Rate it:
If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.Rate it:
If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.Rate it:
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.Rate it:
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.Rate it:
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.Rate it:
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.Rate it:
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.Rate it:
Nixon had three goals to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history to be remembered as a peacemaker and to be accepted by the 'Establishment' as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession.Rate it:
No foreign policy-no matter how ingenious-has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.Rate it:
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes, because there is too much fraternizing with the enemy.Rate it:
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy.Rate it:
Power is the great aphrodisiac.Rate it:
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.Rate it:
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.Rate it:
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.Rate it:
The essence of this man -- Richard M. Nixon is loneliness.Rate it:
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.Rate it:
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.Rate it:
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.Rate it:
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.Rate it:
The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. ... What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.Rate it:
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.Rate it:
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.Rate it:
We are all the President's men.Rate it:
We cannot always assure the future of our friends we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.Rate it:
When you meet the president, you ask yourself, How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less presidentRate it:

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