100+ Henry Kissinger Quotes

“100+ Henry Kissinger Quotes” is a compilation of insightful and impactful quotes from the distinguished American diplomat, political scientist, and Nobel laureate, Henry Kissinger. With over a hundred quotes, this collection reflects Kissinger’s extensive experience in international relations, diplomacy, and statesmanship. Each quote offers valuable insights into foreign policy, geopolitics, and leadership, making it a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, and those interested in understanding the complexities of global affairs. Whether you’re a student of politics or simply appreciate the wisdom of a renowned statesman, this anthology provides a thought-provoking journey through Henry Kissinger’s words and his contributions to the world of diplomacy.

Henry Kissinger Quotes

” “If you don’t know where you are going

every road will get you nowhere.” — Henry Kissinger”

“It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it” — Henry Kissinger

“There can’t be a crisis next week, my schedule is already full.” — Henry Kissinger

“Even a paranoid can have enemies.” — Henry A. Kissinger

“The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.” — Henry Kissinger

“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.” — Henry Kissinger

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

“The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.” — Henry Kissinger

“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternizing with the enemy.” — Henry Kissinger

“In crises, the most daring course is often safest.” — Henry A. Kissinger

“Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.” — Henry Kissinger

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” — Henry Kissinger

“If it’s going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.” — Henry A. Kissinger

“Power is the great aphrodisiac.” — Henry Kissinger

“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” — Henry 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

“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 Kissinger

“It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” — Henry 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

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

“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” — Henry Kissinger

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

“Even a paranoid has some real enemies.” — Henry Kissinger

“Don’t be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of doing every year and then your career will take care of itself.” — Henry 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

“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.” – Henry Kissinger in an address to the Bilderberger meeting at Evian, France, May 21, 1992. (in an address to the Bilderberger organization meeting at Evian, France, on May 21, 1991. As transcribed from a tape recording made by one of the Swiss delegates. )” — Henry Kissinger

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” — Henry Kissinger

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

“The president has said publicly, and he has told me privately, that he has every intention to carry out the recommendations of the commission,” — Henry Kissinger

“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” — Henry Kissinger

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

“People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.” — Henry Kissinger

“Every victory is only the price of admission to a more difficult problem.” — Henry 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

“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 Kissinger

“A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security.” — Henry 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 Kissinger

“A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.” — Henry Kissinger

“High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave the 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

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