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For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
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.
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend 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.
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
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.
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
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 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.
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.
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