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.
If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
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.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
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.
Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
History knows no resting places and no plateaus.
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.
If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
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.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes, because there is too much fraternizing with the enemy.
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy.
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
The essence of this man -- Richard M. Nixon is loneliness.
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
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.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
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.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
We are all the President's men.
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.
When you meet the president, you ask yourself, How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president

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