"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Henry A. Kissinger on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Henry A. Kissinger on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Henry A. Kissinger on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Henry A. Kissinger on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Henry A. Kissinger on Joseph Stalin
"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."