Henry Kissinger quotes

Born
May 27, 1923, Fürth, Bavaria, Weimar Republic.

Occupation
Statesman.

Henry Kissinger is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. 

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

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

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

Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.
– Henry Kissinger

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

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
– Henry Kissinger

Even a paranoid can have enemies.
– Henry Kissinger

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

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

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
– Henry Kissinger

The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.
– Henry Kissinger

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

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

Every first-term president has to learn something after he comes into office. Nobody can be completely ready for the inevitable crises.
– Henry Kissinger

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
– Henry Kissinger

Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office.
– Henry Kissinger

I have spoken to Chinese leaders occasionally on human rights, but I’ve always done it in private.
– Henry Kissinger

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

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.
– Henry Kissinger

You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can’t make peace without Syria.
– Henry Kissinger

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

Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both had exceptional natural abilities. Nelson Rockefeller was very good statewide but never gained national traction.
– Henry Kissinger

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
– Henry Kissinger

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

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
– Henry Kissinger

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

I have been a professor, and I have been a policymaker, and as a professor, you think in terms of truth or absolutes.
– 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 Kissinger

I have not endorsed Trump and will not do so.
– Henry Kissinger

We are all the President’s men.
– Henry Kissinger

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

There is obviously a gap between the public’s perception of the role of U.S. foreign policy and the elite’s perception.
– Henry 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 Kissinger

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

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
– 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 Kissinger

Power is the great aphrodisiac.
– Henry 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

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

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

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
– Henry Kissinger

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