Henry Kissinger Quotes

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Henry Kissinger Quotes

It is . . . a melancholy fact that the countries which are most humanitarian, which are most interested in internal improvement, tend to grow weaker compared with the other countries which possess a less altruistic civilization . .
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Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternizing with the enemy.

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

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There can't be a crisis next week, my schedule is already full.

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

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The issues are too important to be left for the voters.

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It is not often that nations learn from the past,even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.

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We fought a military war; our opponents fought a political one. We sought physical attrition; our opponents aimed for our psychological exhaustion. In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win. The North Vietnamese used their armed forces the way a bull-fighter uses his cape - to keep us lunging in areas of marginal political importance.

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History is the memory of States.

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Politicians are like dogs ... Their life expectancy is too short for a commitment to be bearable

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The American Senate remained focused on domestic priorities and thwarted all expansionist projects. It kept the army small (25,000 men) and the navy weak. Until 1890, the American army ranked fourteenth in the world, after Bulgaria's, and the American navy was smaller than Italy's even though America's industrial strength was thirteen times that of Italy. America did not participate in international conferences and was treated as a second-rank power. In 1880, when Turkey reduced its diplomatic establishment, it eliminated its embassies in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States. At the same time, a German diplomat in Madrid offered to take a cut in salary rather than be posted to Washington.18

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Realpolitik for Bismarck depended on flexibility and on the ability to exploit every available option without the constraint of ideology.

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Order always requires a subtle balance of restraint, force, and legitimacy.

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Americans hold that every problem has a solution; Chinese think that each solution is an admission ticket to a new set of problems.

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I want to express here my continuing respect and personal affection for President George W. Bush, who guided America with courage, dignity, and conviction in an unsteady time. His objectives and dedication honored his country even when in some cases they proved unattainable within the American political cycle.

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Especially when ultimate decisions of peace and war are involved, a strategist must be aware that bluffs may be called and must take into account the impact on his future credibility of an empty threat.

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The Westphalian peace reflected a practical accommodation to reality, not a unique moral insight. It relied on a system of independent states refraining from interference in each other's domestic affairs and checking each other's ambitions through a general equilibrium of power.

— Henry Kissinger

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