Famous Quotes By Henry A. Kissinger


  1. A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
  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.
  3. Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
  4. Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
  5. Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
  6. Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
  7. It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
  8. It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
  9. Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
  10. Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
  11. Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
  12. Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
  13. No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
  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.
  15. People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
  16. Power is the great aphrodisiac.
  17. The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.
  18. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
  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.
  20. There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
  21. University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
  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.
  23. You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.

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