Awards & Winners

Henry Kissinger

Date of Birth 27-May-1923
Place of Birth Fürth
(Germany, Bavaria, Middle Franconia)
Nationality United States of America, Germany
Also know as Henry A. Kissinger, Henry A Kissinger, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Heinz Alfred Kissinger, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Heinz Alfred "Henry" Kissinger, Henry Alfred Kissinger
Profession Politician, Businessperson, Diplomat, Author, Statesman, Reconnaissance, Soldier, Teacher, Actor
  • The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
  • If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.
  • It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.
  • The essence of this man -- Richard M. Nixon is loneliness.
  • The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.
  • For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
  • If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.
  • Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
  • We are all the President's men.
  • The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
  • Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.
  • If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
  • Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
  • There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
  • Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
  • Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
  • Even a paranoid can have enemies.
  • The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
  • The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
  • I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
  • The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
  • 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.
  • Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, he served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. After his term, his opinion was still sought by some subsequent U.S. presidents and other world leaders. A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Kissinger is still considered an influential public figure. He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. To others, Kissinger's actions while in office 'yielded much that was little short of evil'. He has been accused of 'war crimes, crimes against humanity, and … offences against common or customary or international law'.

Awards by Henry Kissinger

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National Book Award for History (Hardcover)
Honored for : White House years

Nominations 1980 »

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National Book Award for History (Hardcover) White House years


Nominations 1958 »

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National Book Award for Nonfiction Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy