Henry Kissinger Quotes.
Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
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.
The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
I think that America’s recovery of a global strategic view is an absolutely essential element of our foreign policy.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
The Vietnam War was a great tragedy for our country. And it is now far enough away so that one can study without using the slogans to see what’s really happened.
No foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
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.
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.
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.
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
We are moving towards a world that is reordering itself and that may appear more ordered at some periods of time, but I see no sign that we are moving towards a world order in my definition of it – namely, a system which is accepted, which is internalized by the majority of the key participants.
The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.