Henry Kissinger
Quotations


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.

The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.

I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.

There canít be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.

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 conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.

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

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.

We are all the Presidentís men.

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

Power is the great aphrodisiac.

Some of the critics viewed Vietnam as a morality play in which the wicked must be punished before the final curtain and where any attempt to salvage self-respect from the outcome compounded the wrong. I viewed it as a genuine tragedy. No one had a monopoly on anguish.



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