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America’s goal is the building of a structure of peace, a peace in which all nations have a stake and therefore to which all nations have a commitment. We are seeking a stable world, not as an end in itself but as a bridge to the realisation of man’s noble aspirations of tranquility and community.

“Henry Kissinger – Acceptance Speech”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Nov 2012

 

To the realist, peace represents a stable arrangement of power; to the idealist, a goal so pre-eminent that it conceals the difficulty of finding the means to its achievement. But in this age of thermonuclear technology, neither view can assure man’s preservation. Instead, peace, the ideal, must be practised. A sense of responsibility and accommodation must guide the behavior of all nations. Some common notion of justice can and must be found, for failure to do so will only bring more “just” wars.

“Henry Kissinger – Acceptance Speech”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Nov 2012

 

Our experience has taught us to regard peace as a delicate, ever-fleeting condition, its roots too shallow to bear the strain of social and political discontent. We tend to accept the lessons of that experience and work toward those solutions that at best relieve specific sources of strain, lest our neglect allows war to overtake peace.

“Henry Kissinger – Acceptance Speech”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Nov 2012

 

The purpose of the separation of powers was to avoid despotism, not to achieve harmonious government;

Diplomacy (A Touchstone book) by Henry Kissinger

 

Empires have no interest in operating within an international system; they aspire to be the international system. Empires have no need for a balance of power. That is how the United States has conducted its foreign policy in the Americas, and China through most of its history in Asia.

Diplomacy (A Touchstone book) by Henry Kissinger

 

What is new about the emerging world order is that, for the first time, the United States can neither withdraw from the world nor dominate it.

Diplomacy (A Touchstone book) by Henry Kissinger

 

The balance of power reduces the opportunities for using force; a shared sense of justice reduces the desire to use force.

Diplomacy (A Touchstone book) by Henry Kissinger

 

A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.

On China by Henry Kissinger

 

What distinguishes Sun Tzu from Western writers on strategy is the emphasis on the psychological and political elements over the purely military.

On China by Henry Kissinger

 

Where the Western tradition prized the decisive clash of forces emphasizing feats of heroism, the Chinese ideal stressed subtlety, indirection, and the patient accumulation of relative advantage.

On China by Henry Kissinger

 

Almost all empires were created by force, but none can be sustained by it. Universal rule, to last, needs to translate force into obligation. Otherwise, the energies of the rulers will be exhausted in maintaining their dominance at the expense of their ability to shape the future, which is the ultimate task of statesmanship. Empires persist if repression gives way to consensus.

On China by Henry Kissinger

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