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“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
“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
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
“The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault.”
Henry Kissinger
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“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
“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”
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
“The issues are too important to be left for the voters.”
Henry Kissinger
“Every victory is only the price of admission to a more difficult problem”
Henry Kissinger
“A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security”
Henry Kissinger
“Behind the slogans lay an intellectual vacuum.”
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy
“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
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.”
Henry Kissinger, On China
“Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God”
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”
Henry Kissinger, The White House Years
“I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.”
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
“In his essay, ‘Perpetual Peace,’ the philosopher, Immanuel Kant, argued that perpetual peace would eventually come to the world in one of two ways, by human insight or by conflicts and catastrophes of a magnitude that left humanity no other choice. We are at such a juncture.”
Henry Kissinger, On China
“The war is just when the intention that causes it to be undertaken is just. The will is therefore the principle element that must be considered, not the means... He who intends to kill the guilty sometimes faultlessly shed the blood of the innocents...'

In short, the end justifies the means.”
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy
“power without legitimacy tempts tests of strength; legitimacy without power tepmts empty posturing.”
Henry Kissinger
“The reason that university politics is so vicious is because stakes are so small”
Henry Kissinger
“Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution.”
Henry Kissinger
“Poor old Germany. Too big for Europe, too small for the world”
Henry Kissinger
“History knows no resting places and no plateaus”
Henry Kissinger

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