Henry Alfred Kissinger was born at Fuerth, Germany on this day in 1923. He came to the US in 1938 and became a citizen
in 1943. He spent a fair stretch at Harvard, getting his BA, MA, and PhD degrees before joining the faculty. He studied
international affairs for many years before shaping them as Nixon's Secretary of State. Try to imagine these quotes with
his thick but somehow charming accent.
Some of his more notable quotes are:
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.
A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
While we should never give up our principles, we must also realize that we cannot maintain our principles unless we survive.
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most
People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours.
All from Henry Alfred Kissinger