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The conventional army loses if it does not win.
by Henry A. Kissinger

The conventional army loses if it does not win.
The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The task of the leader is to get his people from where
they are to where they have not been.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten
percent a bad reputation.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

 

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Power is the great aphrodisiac.
- Henry A. Kissinger

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part
of the globe at every moment of time.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Even a paranoid can have enemies.
- Henry A. Kissinger

If you don't know where you are going,
every road will get you nowhere.
- Henry A. Kissinger

If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items,
just carry those twenty percent.
- Henry A. Kissinger

In crises the most daring course is often safest.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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 A. Kissinger

Next week there can't be any crisis.
My schedule is already full.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion
polls but for the consequences of their actions.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
- Henry A. 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 A. Kissinger

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes;
there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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

The illegal we do immediately.
The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We are all the President's men.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
- Henry A. Kissinger

If it's going to come out eventually,
better have it come out immediately.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and
seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny
in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
- Henry A. Kissinger

To be absolutely certain about something,
one must know everything or nothing about it.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
- Henry A. Kissinger

While we should never give up our principles,
we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.
- Henry A. Kissinger

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered;
for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I am being frank about myself in this book.
I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The American temptation is to believe that foreign
policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Most foreign policies that history has marked highly,
in whatever country, have been originated by leaders
who were opposed by experts.
- Henry A. 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 A. Kissinger

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
- Henry A. Kissinger

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his
nation's experience and his vision.
- Henry A. Kissinger

There can't be a crisis next week.
My schedule is already full.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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.
- Henry A. Kissinger

It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert
to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
- Henry A. Kissinger

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing
occasionally to stand alone.
- Henry A. Kissinger

People are generally amazed that I would take an interest
in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
- Henry A. Kissinger

You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt
and you can't make peace without Syria.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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 A. Kissinger

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.
- Henry A. 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 A. 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 A. Kissinger

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional
people not knowing what they are dealing with.
- Golda Meir

The 1960s were about releasing ourselves from conventional
society and freeing ourselves.
- Yoko Ono

We need not renounce the use of conventional force.
We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger
that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
- Paul Farmer

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love
affair which makes a part of the plot,
is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

The conventional notions of art have changed,
and a lot of things done today are considered works
of art that would have been rejected in the past.
- David Rockefeller

It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant elements.
I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty.
- Alfred Jarry

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which
have the general character of ritual or ceremonial,
all conventional acts.
- J. L. Austin

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

The stars are the great Gothic churches:
spires,
naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses,
stained glass and grandeur, grandeur,
grandeur.
- John Corry

I don't think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way.
He just decided to exit when he wanted to.
- Eric Burdon

My religion centers in different areas than what's
considered conventional religion.
- Jack Kevorkian

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social
Security and Medicare to provide for old age.
They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.
- Ron Chernow

Most human beings today waste some 25 to 30 years of
their lives before they break through the actual and
conventional lies which surround them.
- Isadora Duncan

People who play conventional music are threatened by
electronica and don't consider it to be as valuable as what they do.
- Bill Laswell

It will be a pity if women in the more conventional
mould are to be phased out,
for there will never be anyone to go home to.
- Anita Brookner

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann


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