"Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Henry A. Kissinger on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Henry A. Kissinger on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Henry A. Kissinger on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Henry A. Kissinger on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Henry A. Kissinger on Thomas Jefferson
"A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone."
"People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours."
"Art is man's expression of his joy in labor."
"Diplomacy: the art of restraining power."
"A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood."