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If it’s going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.
– Henry Kissinger
Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.
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.
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.
Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.
If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.
People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
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.
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
The essence of Richard Nixon is loneliness.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
We are all the President’s men.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation – and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.
There is obviously a gap between the public’s perception of the role of U.S. foreign policy and the elite’s perception.
Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.
The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.
It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.