Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Henry
Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger
1923

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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No one will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.

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.

You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.

On the one hand we want the Soviets to think that the situation might get out of hand, while on the other hand we want to persuade them not to let it get out of hand. The Soviets might stop without a major nuclear exchange. I don't believe they have an unlimited urge to escalate. I think they will be looking for excuses not to escalate.

The history of things that didn't happen has never been written.

There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane. Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.

We fought a military war; our opponents fought a political one. We sought physical attrition; our opponents aimed for our psychological exhaustion. In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win. The North Vietnamese used their armed forces the way a bull-fighter uses his cape ? to keep us lunging in areas of marginal political importance.

One theory is that we will make war look so attractive that we undermine the deterrent. That's Never Never Land. What we have now would have been enough to deter Hitler. But we are talking in a different order of reality.

The Indians are master-psychologists. They know they have to deal with us because they are literally now in worse shape than ever.

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

We had a very interesting and positive discussion, and I appreciate the opportunity to meet with several of the key staff members of the governor's staff... A few weeks ago I stood with the governor when I spoke about present events and nuclear strategy, and my impression is we share very compatible views.

I've always acted alone. Americans like that immensely.

Over time even two armed blind men in a room can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.

The issue before us is whether the 21st century belongs to China. And I would say that China will be preoccupied with enormous problems internally, domestically with its immediate environment, and that I have enormous difficulty imagining it will be dominated by China, and indeed, as I will conclude, I believe that the concept that some country will dominate the world, is in itself a misunderstanding of the world in which we now live...In the geopolitical situation, China historically has been surrounded by a group of smaller countries, which themselves were not individually able to threaten China, but which united, could cause a threat to China, and therefore historically, Chinese foreign policy can be described as "barbarian management". So China had never had to deal in a world of countries of approximately equal strength, and so to adjust to such a world, is in itself a profound challenge to China, which now has 14 countries on its borders, some of which are small, but can project their nationality into China, some of which are large, and historically significant, so that any attempt by Chinese to dominate the world, would involve in a disastrous for the peace of the world.

There is nothing we are doing with the Soviet Union that you do not know.

We have overcomplicated the issue... The United States has been attacked on its territory with thousands of casualties. All the United States is saying it cannot tolerate weapons of mass destruction in that region.

Just as the Israelis have to do things that are very painful to them which have been spelled out in detail and forcefully by the president, the Arab states have to state that suicide bombing is not an appropriate means of achieving Arab objectives,

People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.

The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.

There's nothing more we can do about (the accidental bombing).

We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.

Kay ennobled all of her human relationships... In the pain of this moment, none of us would trade places with those whose lives were never touched by Kay Graham.

So he shamed me.

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First Name
Henry
Last Name
Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger
Birth Date
1923
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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State