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Quote: If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.


Quote: Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.


Quote: I have spoken to Chinese leaders occasionally on human rights, but I've always done it in private. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

I have spoken to Chinese leaders occasionally on human rights, but I've always done it in private.


Quote: Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.


Quote: It's never happened in history that every region in the world could affect every other region simultaneously. The Roman empire and the Chinese empire didn't know much about each other and had no means of interacting. Now we have every continent able to reach every other. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of Henry Kissinger quote; white text on black background

It's never happened in history that every region in the world could affect every other region simultaneously. The Roman empire and the Chinese empire didn't know much about each other and had no means of interacting. Now we have every continent able to reach every other.


Quote: I have been a professor, and I have been a policymaker, and as a professor, you think in terms of truth or absolutes. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: I don't see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of Henry Kissinger quote; white text on black background

I don't see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today.


Quote: I don't ascribe to myself any special competence in economic insight. I translate what I hear from highly intelligent people into political and philosophical propositions. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

I don't ascribe to myself any special competence in economic insight. I translate what I hear from highly intelligent people into political and philosophical propositions.


Quote: A president has an inescapable responsibility to provide direction: What are we trying to achieve? What are we trying to prevent? Why? To do that, he has to both analyze and reflect. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

A president has an inescapable responsibility to provide direction: What are we trying to achieve? What are we trying to prevent? Why? To do that, he has to both analyze and reflect.


Quote: I think when the president of the United States calls for military action, he should do it for a united people, especially when the methods have been so cruel, so explicitly directed at Americans. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

I think when the president of the United States calls for military action, he should do it for a united people, especially when the methods have been so cruel, so explicitly directed at Americans.




Quote: The Trump phenomenon is in large part a reaction of Middle America to attacks on its values by intellectual and academic communities. There are other reasons, but this is a significant one. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

The Trump phenomenon is in large part a reaction of Middle America to attacks on its values by intellectual and academic communities. There are other reasons, but this is a significant one.


Quote: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both had exceptional natural abilities. Nelson Rockefeller was very good statewide but never gained national traction. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution.


Quote: When statesmen want to gain time, they offer to talk. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

When statesmen want to gain time, they offer to talk.


Quote: The state is a fragile organization, and the statesman does not have the moral right to risk its survival on ethical restraint. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

The state is a fragile organization, and the statesman does not have the moral right to risk its survival on ethical restraint.


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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.


Quote: There has come into being a kind of a Shia belt from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut. And this gives Iran the opportunity to reconstruct the ancient Persian Empire -- this time under the Shia label. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

There has come into being a kind of a Shia belt from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut. And this gives Iran the opportunity to reconstruct the ancient Persian Empire -- this time under the Shia label.


Quote: The high probability is if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan and if no alternative international arrangement is made that then the historic contests between the regions and the sects will reappear, the Taliban will re-emerge, and a very complicated and maybe chaotic situation will develop. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of Henry Kissinger quote: The high probability is if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan and if no alternative international arrangement is made that then the historic contests between the regions and the sects will reappear, the Taliban will re-emerge, and a very complicated and maybe chaotic situation will develop.- black text on quotes background

The high probability is if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan and if no alternative international arrangement is made that then the historic contests between the regions and the sects will reappear, the Taliban will re-emerge, and a very complicated and maybe chaotic situation will develop.


Quote: Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.


Quote: Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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.


Quote: If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.


Quote: Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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.


Quote: If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.


Quote: Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of Henry Kissinger quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: Power is the great aphrodisiac. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Power is the great aphrodisiac.


Quote: The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.


Quote: The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.


Quote: Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours.


Quote: No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: Diplomacy: the art of restraining power. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.


Quote: To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


Quote: If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere. by author Henry Kissinger overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Kissinger with quote

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


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