Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.— Henry A Kissinger
The most sensitive Henry A Kissinger quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
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.
Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
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.
You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.
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.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
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.
Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.
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.
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
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.
While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.