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Henry A. Kissinger Quotes

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

"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."

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

"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

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

"No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy."

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

"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."

"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."

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

"The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry."

"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."

"You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria."

"Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately."

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

"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."

"When you meet the president, you ask yourself, "How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president?""

"Next week there can't be any crisis. My schedule is already full."

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

"Even a paranoid has some real enemies."

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