"The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Henry A. Kissinger on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Henry A. Kissinger on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Henry A. Kissinger on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Henry A. Kissinger on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Henry A. Kissinger on Mark Twain
"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."