Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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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.

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.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State