Henry Kissinger Quotes

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
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 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.
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.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy.
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.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
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.
When you meet the president, you ask yourself, How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president
If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
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.
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
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