Quotations From HENRY KISSINGER


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  • The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born-U.S. Republican politician, Secretary of State. Guardian (London, Dec. 16, 1992). Arguing against a role for the U.S. as world policeman.
  • There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. New York Times Magazine (June 1, 1969).
  • Power is the great aphrodisiac.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. quoted in New York Times (Jan. 19, 1971).

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  • Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 24, 1982).
  • Even a paranoid can have enemies.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. politician, secretary of state. Quoted in Time (New York, January 24, 1977).
  • We are all the President's men.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. Said 1970, after the invasion of Cambodia. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, May 4, 1975).
  • There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. New York Times Magazine (June 1, 1969).
  • 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 (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. Quoted in Observer (London, September 30, 1979).

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  • I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. Quoted in Observer (London, January 2, 1983). On the second volume of his memoirs, Years of Upheaval.
  • The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. speech, Nov. 13, 1977, at presentation of Stephen Wise Award to Golda Meir.
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