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It was a Greek tragedy.
by 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

Related topics: History

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

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

Power is the great aphrodisiac.
- 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

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

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Even a paranoid can have enemies.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion
polls but for the consequences of their actions.
- 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 illegal we do immediately.
The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
- 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

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

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

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

We are all the President's men.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

I am an Epicurean.
I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus
as containing everything rational in moral philosophy
which Greek and Roman leave to us.
- Thomas Jefferson

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek
class at Northwestern University.
- James Cronin

My boyhood saw Greek islands floating over Harvard Square.
- Horace Gregory

No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet,
he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards
without further training.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

England and Greece are friends.
English blood was shed on Greek soil in the war against fascism,
and Greeks gave their lives to protect English pilots.
- Melina Mercouri

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

I have friends who read my books in Greek.
- Brian Lumley

From that moment, I did not cease to pray to God that
by his grace it might one day be permitted to me to learn Greek.
- Heinrich Schliemann

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence,
with bravery and mercy.
- Theodore White

I like to cook, but mostly Greek.
When I am confused or tired, I think about what I can cook.
It takes you away from everything, as you are thinking only of your dish.
- Nana Mouskouri

I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that
there is redemption through chaos.
I believe in that.
I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser


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