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'A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.'


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'People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours.'


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'Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.'


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'Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.'


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'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.'


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'The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.'


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'There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.'


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'Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.'


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'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.'


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'Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.'


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'Power is the great aphrodisiac.'


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'Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.'


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'It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.'


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'Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.'


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'The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.'


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'A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.'


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'It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.'


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'It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.'


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'You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.'


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'Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.'


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'University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.'


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'Power is the great aphrodisiac.'


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'Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.'


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'Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.'


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'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.'


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'No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.'


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'No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.'


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'You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.'


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'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.'

 

 

 

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