Kissinger for Dummies
- 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.
- University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
- To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
- There cannot be a crisis today; my schedule is already full.
- The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
- The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.
- The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
- The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry.
- We’re all the President’s (wo)men.
- That’s not a key problem.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.