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Henry Kissinger Quotes: "It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise."

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.




Henry Kissinger Quotes: "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."

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.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The history of things that didn't happen has never been written."

The history of things that didn't happen has never been written.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision."

The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.




Henry Kissinger Quotes: "A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone."

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution."

Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose."

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




Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault."

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time."

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Power is the great aphrodisiac."

Power is the great aphrodisiac.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours."

People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.




Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The Vietnam War was a great tragedy for our country. And it is now far enough away so that one can study without using the slogans to see what's really happened."

The Vietnam War was a great tragedy for our country. And it is now far enough away so that one can study without using the slogans to see what's really happened.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "I do not stand on protocol. If you just call me Excellency it will be okay."

I do not stand on protocol. If you just call me Excellency it will be okay.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small."

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850."

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



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "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 who he assumes to have perfect vision."

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 who he assumes to have perfect vision.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office."

Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "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."

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.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "90% of the politicians give the other 10% a bad reputation."

90% of the politicians give the other 10% a bad reputation.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people they think it's their fault."

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people they think it's their fault.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Diplomacy: the art of restraining power."

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "[T]hose who willed the means and wished the ends are not absolved from guilt by the refusal of reality to match their schemes."

[T]hose who willed the means and wished the ends are not absolved from guilt by the refusal of reality to match their schemes.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "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."

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.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative."

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



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Politicians are like dogs... Their life expectancy is too short for a commitment to be bearable"

Politicians are like dogs... Their life expectancy is too short for a commitment to be bearable



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "America has fought five wars since 1945 and has gained its objectives in only one of them, the Gulf War."

America has fought five wars since 1945 and has gained its objectives in only one of them, the Gulf War.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood."

A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "A conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if it does not lose."

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



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Art is man's expression of his joy in labor."

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The illegal we do immediately the unconstitutional takes a little longer."

The illegal we do immediately the unconstitutional takes a little longer.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."

Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Now when I bore people at a party they think it's their fault."

Now when I bore people at a party they think it's their fault.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem."

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad."

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The bargaining position of the victor always diminishes with time. Whatever is not exacted during the shock of defeat becomes increasingly difficult to attain later."

The bargaining position of the victor always diminishes with time. Whatever is not exacted during the shock of defeat becomes increasingly difficult to attain later.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God"

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



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "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."

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.



Henry Kissinger Quotes: "A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe."

A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.