Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger on Writing

“Power is the great aphrodisiac.”

“Even a paranoid can have enemies.”

“Universal rule, to last, needs to translate force into obligation.”

“Multiple contests take place simultaneously in different regions of the board.”

“There are no isolated events.”

“Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed.”

“The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.”

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

“It is barely conceivable that there are people who like war.”

“I’ve always acted alone. Americans like that immensely.”

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

“If you believe that their real intention is to kill you, it isn’t unreasonable to believe that they would lie to you.”

“Clausewitz’s famous dictum that war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means defines both the challenge and the limits of diplomacy.”

“Given the pace of technology, patience can easily turn into evasion.”

“Victory over the insurgency is the only meaningful exit strategy.”

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September 24th, 2012 / 12:09 pm

Mid-trip Books Update

Studious readers of this blog remember my post a few weeks ago about trying to figure out what books to pack for my trip to Hong Kong. Well, the seven I brought were the Oppen, Schulz, Cohen, Offill, Hempel, Kierkegaard, and Bloom. Also, Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Wave), the review copy of which arrived literally minutes before I left for the airport. Of those, I’ve finished the Cohen and the Bloom, have been picking at the Oppen (sparingly, but I dig what I’m seeing), am bottomed out about halfway through the Schulz, and haven’t touched any of the others. But that’s not to say I’ve only read two books. At a sweet secondhand store here in HK called Book Attic (that’s 10 Amoy street, if you’re passing through) I picked up a few titles. After the jump, I talk about the books I bought, and it becomes clear why I’ve illustrated this post with a photo of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.


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August 2nd, 2009 / 9:38 am