Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat, political scientist, and award-winning author. If you found some of our previous quotes boring or dry, you’ll surely enjoy these Henry Kissinger quotes owing in large part to his candidness, dry wit, and sense of humor.
Many of these quotes below are uniquely personal and intimate. They show Kissinger’s personality and more importantly, the context of his involvement in national affairs at the time that these anecdotes and comments were uttered.
From a child with a Frankish accent who was too shy to speak, to a young private who was already put in charge of the city of Krefeld in Germany, to a sergeant in the Counter Intelligence Corps, to a sought-after advisor to US presidents, Kissinger is a man of many experiences and achievements. Though public opinion of him is widely divided — the best US Secretary of State, even a despicable idealist, or a war criminial — it cannot be denied that Henry Kissinger is a man who is larger than life.
Get to know him more with these Henry Kissinger quotes.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. – Henry A. Kissinger
The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry. – Henry A. Kissinger
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. – Henry A. Kissinger
Power is the great aphrodisiac. – Henry A. Kissinger
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God. – Henry A. Kissinger
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. – Henry A. Kissinger
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. – Henry A. Kissinger
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. – Henry A. Kissinger
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. – Henry A. Kissinger
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it. – Henry A. Kissinger
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
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. – Henry A. Kissinger
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative. – Henry A. Kissinger
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. – Henry A. Kissinger
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If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere. – Henry A. Kissinger
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon. – Henry A. Kissinger
The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault. – Henry A. Kissinger
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. – Henry A. Kissinger
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. – Henry A. Kissinger
Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately. – Henry A. Kissinger
Even a paranoid can have enemies. – Henry A. Kissinger
Diplomacy: the art of restraining power. – Henry A. Kissinger
The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself. – Henry A. Kissinger
Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor. – Henry A. Kissinger
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. – Henry A. Kissinger
If it’s going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately. – Henry A. Kissinger
We are all the President’s men. – Henry A. Kissinger
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In crises the most daring course is often safest. – Henry A. Kissinger
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. – Henry A. Kissinger
While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive. – Henry A. 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 A. Kissinger
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