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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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.

The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.

They (weapons) can become a shield by which to step up terrorist actions,

We speak to no other country as frankly and openly as we do to you.

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.

Syria was too weak to fight Israel alone, ... He saw that if it didn't join the international system in some manner, it would fall hopelessly behind. His motive was entirely practical.

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.

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