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All Quotes by author - Henry Kissinger
" Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets. "
" A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone. "
" 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. "
" America has fought five wars since 1945 and has gained its objectives in only one of them, the Gulf War. "
" Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end. "
" 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. "
" Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. "
" Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God. "
" Diplomacy: the art of restraining power. "
" Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen. So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office. "
" Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. "
" Even a paranoid can have enemies. "
" Everybody has a hacking capability. And probably every intelligence service is hacking in the territory of other countries. But who exactly does what? That would be a very sensitive piece of information. But it's very difficult to communicate about it. Because nobody wants to admit the scope of what they're doing. "
" Every first-term president has to learn something after he comes into office. Nobody can be completely ready for the inevitable crises. "
" For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon. "
" 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. "
" I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent. "
" 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. "
" If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately. "
" If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere. "
" I have been a professor, and I have been a policymaker, and as a professor, you think in terms of truth or absolutes. "
" I have not endorsed Trump and will not do so. "
" I have spoken to Chinese leaders occasionally on human rights, but I've always done it in private. "
" In crises the most daring course is often safest. "
" I think that America's recovery of a global strategic view is an absolutely essential element of our foreign policy. "
" I think we would find, if you study the conduct of guerilla-type wars, that the Obama Administration has hit more targets on a broader scale than the Nixon Administration ever did. "
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