Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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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.

A little uncertainty is good for everything.

But we cannot begin with an exit without having first defined what the objective is.

For me, the tragedy of Vietnam was the divisions that occurred in the United States that made it, in the end, impossible to achieve an outcome that was compatible with the sacrifices that had been made, ... Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.

I would be amazed if a three-day campaign made a decisive difference," "[W]e did not do, in my view, enough damage to degrade it [Iraq's programs for weapons of mass destruction] for six months. It doesn't make any significant difference because in six months to a year they will be back to where they are and we cannot keep repeating these attacks. [. . .] At the end of the day what will be decisive is what the situation in the Middle East will be two to three years from now. If Saddam is still there, if he's rearming, if the sanctions are lifted, we will have lost, no matter what spin we put on it

Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral.

A return to the 1967 lines and the abandonment of the settlements near Jerusalem would be such a psychological trauma for Israel as to endanger its survival.

Can you imagine what Nixon would have been like had somebody loved him? He would have been a great, great man had somebody loved him.

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered. For Americans it is just beyond the horizon.

If a radical government emerges in Baghdad or if any part of Iraq becomes what Afghanistan used to be, a training ground for terrorists, then this will be a catastrophe for the Islamic world and for Europe, much as they may -- reluctant as they may be to admit it -- and eventually for us.

It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.

A review of withdrawal strategy ... seems in order.

Clearly, security without values is like a ship without a rudder. But values without security are like a rudder without a ship.

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.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State