Henry A. Kissinger Quotes

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Born: 1923-05-27, Fürth, Germany
Birth Country: Germany

1.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
- Henry A. Kissinger

2.
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 A. Kissinger

3.
Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

4.
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
- Henry A. Kissinger

5.
Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
- Henry A. Kissinger

6.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
- Henry A. Kissinger

7.
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
- Henry A. Kissinger

8.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

9.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
- Henry A. Kissinger

10.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

11.
Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
- Henry A. Kissinger

12.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
- Henry A. Kissinger

13.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
- Henry A. Kissinger

14.
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 A. Kissinger

15.
People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
- Henry A. Kissinger

16.
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
- Henry A. Kissinger

17.
The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.
- Henry A. Kissinger

18.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
- Henry A. Kissinger

19.
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 A. Kissinger

20.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
- Henry A. Kissinger

21.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
- Henry A. Kissinger

22.
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.
- Henry A. Kissinger

23.
You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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