Henry Kissinger Quotes

Most popular Henry Kissinger Quotes

Power is the great aphrodisiac.

power

Even a paranoid can have enemies.
— Henry Kissinger

enemies

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
— Henry Kissinger

power

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

alternatives

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

crisis

Every success is usually an admission ticket to a new set of decisions.

success decision-making

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
— Henry Kissinger

academics

Committees are consumers and sometimes sterilizers of ideas, rarely creators of them.

committees

The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
— Henry Kissinger

socialism

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
— Henry Kissinger

men and women

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.
— Henry Kissinger

men and women relationships marriage

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault.
— Henry Kissinger

celebrity

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
— Henry Kissinger

fame

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

men and women

History is not, of course, a cookbook offering pretested recipes.  It teaches by analogy, not by maxims.

history

The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
— Henry Kissinger

morals war

People think responsibility is hard to bear. It's not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.
— Henry Kissinger

responsibility

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.

nuclear weapons

I have seen it happen more often than not in government that when one asks for a choice, one is always given three: two absurd ones and the preferred one. And the experienced bureaucrat can usually tell the preferred one because it is almost always the one typed in the middle.
— Henry Kissinger

government