There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
We cannot always assure the future of our friends we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
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.
It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it.
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.
Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.
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.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
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