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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American diplomat, Nobel laureate and statesman. He served as National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations.




Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.
  • We fought a military war; our opponents fought a political one. We sought physical attrition; our opponents aimed for our psychological exhaustion. In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win. The North Vietnamese used their armed forces the way a bull-fighter uses his cape — to keep us lunging in areas of marginal political importance.
    • "The Vietnam Negotiations", Foreign Affairs, Vol. 48, No. 2 (January 1969), p. 214

  • Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral.
    • As quoted in Sketchbook 1966-1971 (1971) by Max Frisch, p. 230

  • It is barely conceivable that there are people who like war.
  • Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
    • As quoted in The New York Times (28 October 1973)
    • Lesser known variant: Power is the great aphrodisiac.
      • As quoted in The New York Times (19 January 1971)

  • In the 1950s and 1960s we put several thousand nuclear weapons into Europe. To be sure, we had no precise idea of what to do with them.
    • Said in 1973. Cited in: Ruypers, John, Marion Austin, Patrick Carter, and Terry G. Murphy. Canadian and World Politics. Toronto: Edmond Montgomery Publications, 2005.

  • Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.
    • Said in testimony to the Pike Committee in 1975. Cited in Daugherty, William E. (2006). Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency. U Pr of Kentucky. pp. 176. ISBN 0-8131-9161-0. 

  • The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each side should know that frequently uncertainty, compromise, and incoherence are the essence of policymaking. Yet each tends to ascribe to the other a consistency, foresight, and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, over time, even two armed blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.
    • The White House Years (1979)

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
  • Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
    • The End of the Road (1982), Ch. 25 "Years of Upheaval"

  • If you believe that their real intention is to kill you, it isn't unreasonable to believe that they would lie to you.
    • Observation made privately, quoted by Time journalist Michael Kramer, The Case for Skepticism Time, December 26, 1988, in the context of doubts about PLO sincerity in hinting about recognition of Israel.

  • In our "age of the expert" the expert has his constituency — those who have a vested interest in commonly held opinions; elaborating and defining the consensus at a high level has, after all, made him an expert.
    • Cited in Noam Chomsky, Towards a New Cold War (1982), p. 91

  • If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America — and, indeed, with its negotiating partners of the Six — is unavoidable. Iran simply cannot be permitted to fulfill a dream of imperial rule in a region of such importance to the rest of the world.
  • If you mean by "military victory" an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible.


Kissinger speaking at Gerald Ford's funeral
  • Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the world government.
    • This is widely reported on many sites as coming from the "Bilderburg Conference" (1991) Evians, France, purportedly recorded by a Swiss diplomat, but no such recording has ever been provided.

  • I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.
    • Regarding Salvador Allende's election in Chile.
    • Cited as apocryphal in Richard R. Fagen, "The United States and Chile: Roots and Branches", Foreign Affairs, January 1975.[1]


  • Accept everything about yourself — I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end — no apologies, no regrets.
    • Clark Moustakas, as quoted in Sacred Simplicities: Meeting the Miracles in Our Lives (2004) by Lori Knutson, p. 141

Quotes about Kissinger

  • In Haig's presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy.

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Henry Alfred Kissinger (27 de maio de 1923 - ). Diplomata e ex-Secretário de Estado dos EUA.

  • "A Europa? Qual é mesmo o prefixo do telefone?"
- Cit. em "Maniere de Voir" 61, 2002, p.6
  • "Se você não sabe para onde vai, todos os caminhos o levarão a lugar nenhum".
- If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere
- citado em "The Forbes Book of Business Quotations: 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life‎" - Página 336, de Edward C. Goodman, Ted Goodman - Publicado por Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1997, ISBN 1884822622, 9781884822629 - 992 páginas
  • "Não vejo porque precisamos ficar parados e assistir um país tornar-se comunista por causa da irresponsabilidade do seu povo. As questões são muito importantes para deixarmos os eleitores chilenos decidirem por si mesmos."
- Sobre o apoio dos EUA ao golpe que derrubou Salvador Allende, presidente democraticamente eleito do Chile, em 11 de setembro de 1973.
- citado em Richard R. Fagen, "The United States and Chile: Roots and Branches", Foreign Affairs, January 1975.
  • "Até os paranóicos têm inimigos reais".
- Even a paranoid has some real enemies.
- Newsweek 13 Jun 83.

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