Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.

They want us to accept the desirability of destroying China's nuclear capability.

We will go where the facts lead us.

Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

The president has said publicly, and he has told me privately, that he has every intention to carry out the recommendations of the commission,

Those who believe that confrontation with China can be a national strategy... do not understand the dynamics of the current and foreseeable international system,

We would be prepared, at your request, through whatever sources you wish, to give you whatever information we have about the disposition of Soviet forces,

Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.

The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.

The president is trying to head out in a direction that avoids civil war in Iraq, and that prevents the insurgents from dominating and establishing some sort of fundamentalist regime.

To argue that a collapse of the US in Iraq would not have consequences is simply living in a dream world.

We'll do it in the quickest way possible that is compatible with foreigners and making sure that when the report is finished, there can be no question about the fact that every aspect has been explored, ... Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer.

My heart goes out to the president because I've served in an administration that faced a very divided country in a very difficult set of circumstances.

The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.

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.

To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.

What we in America call terrorists are really groups of people that reject the international system?

Never take a job that has no "in" box.

The capacity to admire others is not my most fully developed trait.

The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.

To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.

Next week there can't be any crisis. My schedule is already full.

The Chinese have run their system for 3,000 years without advice from the U.S. They don't like to be lectured by a country only 200 years old.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State