Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It?s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.

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. Each side should know that frequently uncertainty, compromise, and incoherence are the essence of policymaking. Yet each tends to ascribe to the other a consistency, foresight, and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, over time, even two armed blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

When you meet the president, you ask yourself, "How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president?"

Nixon wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. He doesn't want to hear anything about it. It's an order, to be done. Anything that flies on anything that moves.

The enemies you make by taking a decided stand generally have more respect for you than the friends you make by being on the fence

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

University politics make me long for the simplicity of the Middle East.

Who do I call if I want to call Europe?

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.

The essence of this man [Richard M. Nixon] is loneliness.

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.

We are all the President's men.

Why should we flagellate ourselves for what the Cambodians did to each other?

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 gravest in the Atlantic alliance since it was formed.

The US must carry out some act somewhere in the world which shows its determination to continue to be a world power.

We are here because cooperative relations with China are in the American national interest. Every president for 30 years has come to that conclusion, and a rejection of this agreement would be a vote for an adversarial relationship with the most populous nation of China.

Wouldn?t have mattered very much. If the Vietnam domino had fallen then, no great loss.

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.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State