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Henry Kissinger Quotes


Henry Kissinger Henry Kissinger was the envoy the U.S. called upon in the 1970's and 1980's for the most difficult and complex world negotiations. The profile of this articulate politician seemingly rose as high as the president himself and he became a household name around the world in the latter part of the twentieth century. His most notable achievement was negotiating the peace deal that eventually brought an end to the Vietnam war. Quick thinking diplomats often create brilliant one liners, so here is my compilation of 12 of the best Henry Kissenger quotes. I hope you enjoy them.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Henry Alfred Kissenger
  • Born: 27th May 1923, Fürth, Germany
  • Alma mater: City College of New York, Harvard University and Lafayette College
  • Occupation: Politician and diplomat
  • Awards: He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his role in prompting the ending of the Vietnam war and withdrawal of American troops
  • Government positions: U.S. National Security Adviser (1969-1975) and U.S. Secretary of State (1973-1977)
  • Government firsts: He became the first foreign-born U.S. Secretary of State
  • Nickname: The Man Behind the Curtain and The Dealmaker,
  • Political party: Republican
  • Trivia: Kissenger became the unlikely sex symbol of the Nixon Administration in the 1970's. He was rarely out of the news with his diplomatic silver tongue keeping the peace around the world while charming his way into the spreadsheets and the tabloids alike

"The illegal we do immediately; The unconstitutional takes a little longer"

Henry A. Kissinger

"They are murderous thugs, but we won’t let that stand in the way" (about the Khmer Rouge)

Henry A. Kissinger

"It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination"

Henry A. Kissinger

"The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves"

Henry A. Kissinger

"Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem"

Henry A. Kissinger

"In the end, peace can be achieved only by hegemony or by balance of power"

Henry A. Kissinger

"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac"

Henry A. Kissinger

"Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change it's perceptions"

Henry A. Kissinger

"It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true"

Henry A. Kissinger

"There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full"

Henry A. Kissinger

"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously"

Henry A. Kissinger

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests"

Henry A. Kissinger

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