“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” –Henry David Thoreau
You might need to be like me, old as dirt, to experience the truly appropriate, visceral, shiver of disgust at the sound of his name, but when I was a little kid Henry Kissinger was a political name one heard almost as frequently as his primary employers, Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. My fingers are crackling and steaming from just typing his name, such is the hellfire summoned by a mere mention.
Fred Banfram expounds on one of Kissinger’s more appalling chestnuts in a fine article on Alternet, which I very much encourage you to read:
“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
He was Secretary of State for two Presidents, this guy, and still appears regularly on TV news shows while drawing huge speaking fees for sold out venues. And then there’s this one:
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy, and if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. –Henry David Thoreau