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Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten
by Henry A. Kissinger

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

Related topics: Politics

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
- 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

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

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

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

Ninety-nine percent of who you are
is invisible and untouchable.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Life is ten percent what happens to you
and ninety percent how you respond to it.
- Lou Holtz

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

I think and think for months and years.
Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
- Albert Einstein

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
- Peter Marshall

My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it.
People need somebody to watch over them.
Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need
to be told what to do and how to behave.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ninety percent of the preparation we do as actors is just jive.
It doesn't do anything.
- William H. Macy

One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
- John Stuart Mill

The ninety and nine are with dreams,
content but the hope of the world made new,
is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
- Edgar Allan Poe

There are one hundred and ninety nine ways to beat,
but only one way to win; get there first.
- Bill Shoemaker

Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion.
It's just an idea.
Ninety-nine per cent never get built.
- Daniel Libeskind

The slogan was 'Don't trust anyone over thirty'.
Sixty years later the slogan became,
'Don't trust anyone over ninety'.
- John McCarthy

Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people.
When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance.
- Natalie Portman

If you treat people right they will treat you right...
ninety percent of the time.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
- Yogi Berra

Ninety-five percent of my audience was white.
- Jimmy Smith

All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred,
the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side.
- Anna Jameson


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