Henry Kissinger quotes

Born
May 27, 1923, Fürth, Bavaria, Weimar Republic.

Occupation
Statesman.

Henry Kissinger is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when his songs chronicled social unrest.

To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
– Henry Kissinger
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
– Henry Kissinger
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
– Henry Kissinger
Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.
– Henry Kissinger
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
– Henry Kissinger
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
– Henry Kissinger
Even a paranoid can have enemies.
– Henry Kissinger
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
– Henry Kissinger
While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.
– Henry Kissinger
The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
– Henry Kissinger
The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.
– Henry Kissinger
In crises the most daring course is often safest.
– Henry Kissinger
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.
– Henry Kissinger
Every first-term president has to learn something after he comes into office. Nobody can be completely ready for the inevitable crises.
– Henry Kissinger
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
– Henry Kissinger
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
I have spoken to Chinese leaders occasionally on human rights, but I’ve always done it in private.
– Henry Kissinger
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
– Henry Kissinger
Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.
– Henry Kissinger
You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.
– Henry Kissinger
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
– Henry Kissinger
Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both had exceptional natural abilities. Nelson Rockefeller was very good statewide but never gained national traction.
– Henry Kissinger
Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
– Henry Kissinger
The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
– Henry Kissinger
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
– Henry Kissinger
If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
– Henry Kissinger
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
– Henry Kissinger
I have been a professor, and I have been a policymaker, and as a professor, you think in terms of truth or absolutes.
– Henry Kissinger
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
I have not endorsed Trump and will not do so.
– Henry Kissinger
We are all the President’s men.
– Henry Kissinger
If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.
– Henry Kissinger
There is obviously a gap between the public’s perception of the role of U.S. foreign policy and the elite’s perception.
– Henry Kissinger
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
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
– Henry Kissinger
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
I don’t see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today.
– Henry Kissinger
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
– Henry Kissinger
I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.
– Henry Kissinger
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
– Henry Kissinger
Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.
– Henry Kissinger
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
– Henry Kissinger
The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
– Henry Kissinger
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
– Henry Kissinger
We are moving towards a world that is reordering itself and that may appear more ordered at some periods of time, but I see no sign that we are moving towards a world order in my definition of it – namely, a system which is accepted, which is internalized by the majority of the key participants.
– Henry Kissinger
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
– Henry Kissinger