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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He's between Israel on one side, Iraq and Syria on the other, ... He knows that the Palestinians have tried to overthrow him on a number of occasions, so he has to navigate with extraordinary delicacy.

If East Pakistan becomes independent, it is going to become a cesspool. It's going to be 100 million people; they have the lowest standard of living in Asia. They are going to become a ripe field for communist infiltration.

It is barely conceivable that there are people who like war.

A statesman?s duty is to bridge the gap between his vision and his nation's experience. If his vision gets too far out ahead of his nation's experience, he will lose his mandate. But if he hews too close to the conventional, he will lose control over events.

Competing pressures tempt one to believe that an issue deferred is a problem avoided; more often it is a crisis invited.

High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.

If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.

It is hard to believe that Kay is no longer among us. But in a way, she will never leave us. Her place in this country will not be filled, nor the void her death leaves on the lives of her friends,

A symbol of integrity, courage and of high quality.

Congress can't do much more damage to us than they already have. To this extent we're liberated to do what is right... Our successors will be living in a nightmare if we don't do what is right.

History knows no resting place and no plateaus.

If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation, and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress.

It is important for us and it is important for the war against terrorism that the outcome, whatever it is, is not perceived as having been elicited from us by suicide bombing, and that one side has to make the territorial concession and the other side only recognizes that it exists but changes nothing else, ... American Morning.

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.

I believe -- and certainly from everything I've been told about him -- that he's an honorable enough man so that he will carry out his assignment with ability and with care.

If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.

It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

I can think of no faster way to unite the American people behind George W. Bush than a terrorist attack on an American target overseas. And I believe George W. Bush will quickly unite the American people through his foreign policy.

If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.

It is not unreasonable for us to desire some options. Some Europeans, I know, believe it is necessary that we guarantee our own destruction to give them the assurances they claim they need. However, to deprive ourselves of options is to paralyze us. ... What do we mean by control of escalation?

American abdication in Iraq will have global consequences if a fundamentalist radical state were to emerge in Baghdad.

Donald Rumsfeld is the most ruthless man I have ever met? and I mean that as a compliment.

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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