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A collection of quotes by Henry Kissinger on politics, sexism, soldier, war, peace, leadership, realpolitik, policies, history, intelligence and diplomacy.

55 Insightful Quotes By Henry Alfred Kissinger, The Distinguished Diplomat And Political Thinker

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Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat, political thinker and political scientist who went on to serve as the National Security Advisor as well as Secretary of State of the United States during his illustrious career. He was born in Germany in 1923 but the family fled from Germany due to persecution of Jews by Nazis and eventually ended up in New York. He joined the Army while still studying accountancy at the City College of New York but returned to academics and acquired a degree in political science from Harvard University. He went on to acquire a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Kissinger is well-known for his work as a diplomat who is credited for having shaped the course of United States foreign policy during late sixties and seventies. Kissinger was known as a purveyor of Realpolitik and steered the United States’ foreign policy pertaining to exit from the Vietnam War, Cold War with Russia and policies in China. He went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 but it led to a lot of controversy. Kissinger remains one of the finest minds in the realm of foreign policy and an iconic figure. Henry Kissinger is an able orator and has expressed his thoughts on politics, diplomacy, international relations, peace etc through speeches, writings and interviews. The below collection of Henry Kissinger’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, papers, thoughts, speeches and interviews. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotes by Henry Alfred Kissinger on power, academia, corruption, dishonesty, Germany, vision and humour.

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.

- Henry Kissinger

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternizing with the enemy.

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Henry Kissinger

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

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

- Henry Kissinger

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

- 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 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

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Henry Kissinger

Every victory is only the price of admission to a more difficult problem

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Henry Kissinger

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

- Henry Kissinger

A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security

- Henry Kissinger

Poor old Germany. Too big for Europe, too small for the world

- Henry Kissinger

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

- 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

It is one of history's ironies that Communism, advertised as a classless society, tended to breed a privileged class of feudal proportions.

- On China, Henry Kissinger

Behind the slogans lay an intellectual vacuum.

- Diplomacy, 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

In Washington...the appearance of power is therefore almost as important as the reality of it. In fact, the appearance is frequently its essential reality

- The White House Years, Henry Kissinger

I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.

- Henry Kissinger

History is the memory of States.

- A World Restored: Metternich, Henry Kissinger

I want to thank you for stopping the applause. It is impossible for me to look humble for any period of time.

- Henry Kissinger

The reason that university politics is so vicious is because stakes are so small

- Henry Kissinger

Power without legitimacy tempts tests of strength; legitimacy without power tepmts empty posturing.

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Henry Kissinger

Intellectuals analyze the operations of international systems; statesmen build them.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

History knows no resting places and no plateaus

- Henry Kissinger

Because complexity inhibits flexibility, early choices are especially crucial.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

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

- World Order, Henry Kissinger

Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.

- Henry Kissinger

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

- The White House Years, Henry Kissinger

George Bernard Shaw: “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of power.

- Henry Kissinger

Since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year.

- Henry Kissinger

Facts are rarely self-explanatory; their significance, analysis, and interpretation—at least in the foreign policy world—depend on context and relevance.

- World Order, Henry Kissinger

It's a pity both sides can't lose (commenting on Iran-Iraq war, 1980 – 1988)

- Henry Kissinger

A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.

- Henry Kissinger

Woe to the statesman whose arguments for entering a war are not as convincing at its end as they were at the beginning,” Bismarck had cautioned.

- World Order, Henry Kissinger

Order should not have priority over freedom. But the affirmation of freedom should be elevated from a mood to a strategy.

- World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History, Henry Kissinger

Empires have no interest in operating within an international system; they aspire to be the international system.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

For the greatest part of humanity and the longest periods of history, empire has been the typical mode of government.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy.

- Henry Kissinger

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

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

When the Chinese court deigned to send envoys abroad, they were not diplomats, but “Heavenly Envoys” from the Celestial Court.

- On China, Henry Kissinger

…Policy is the art of the possible, the science of the relative.

- Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger

United States would become the indispensable defender of the order Europe designed.

- World Order, Henry Kissinger

The Soviet Union would never be bound by agreements, Deng warned; it understood only the language of countervailing force.

- On China, Henry Kissinger

But Japan drew from the challenge the opposite conclusion as China: it threw open its doors to foreign technology and overhauled its institutions in an attempt to replicate the Western powers’ rise.

- On China, Henry Kissinger

Order without freedom, even if sustained by momentary exaltation, eventually creates its own counterpoise; yet freedom cannot be secured or sustained without a framework of order to keep the peace.

- World Order, Henry Kissinger

For Roosevelt, if a nation was unable or unwilling to act to defend its own interests, it could not expect others to respect them. Inevitably,

- World Order, Henry Kissinger