Henry Kissinger

(1923 / Fürth)

Henry Kissinger Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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 Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. "A Visit to the Shah of Iran," ch. 29, The White House Years (1979). Said of the changing U.S. policy toward the Shah of Iran.
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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.
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.''
    Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. quoted in Foreign Affairs (New York, Jan. 1969). On the war in Vietnam.
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  • ''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).
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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.
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  • ''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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