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The task of the leader is to get his people from where
by 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

Related topics: Leadership

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

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

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

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

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Even a paranoid can have enemies.
- 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

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

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

Next week there can't be any crisis.
My schedule is already full.
- 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 illegal we do immediately.
The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
- 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

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

Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

I know, to banish anger altogether
from one's breast is a difficult task.
It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort.
It can be done only by God's grace.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
- Albert Einstein

Man's task is to become conscious of the contents
that press upward from the unconscious.
- Carl Jung

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

Congress will pass a law restricting public comment
on the Internet to individuals who have spent a minimum
of one hour actually accomplishing a specific task while on line.
- Andy Grove

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from
the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the
achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
- Theodore Isaac Rubin

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.
To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
- Winston Churchill

What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.
- David Lloyd George

Tragically, the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged
Youth reported that one-quarter of our young people
are at serious risk of not achieving productive adulthood.
- Ruben Hinojosa

Once the product's task is known, design the interface first;
then implement to the interface design.
- Jef Raskin

The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
- Emile M. Cioran


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