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Henry A. Kissinger Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

 

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- 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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The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
- 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 it's going to come out eventually,
better have it come out immediately.
- 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

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

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

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

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

There can't be a crisis next week.
My schedule is already full.
- 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 eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items,
just carry those twenty percent.
- 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

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

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
- 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

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

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

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

Even a paranoid can have enemies.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter


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