Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry Alfred Kissinger (1923 )
The challenges before us are monumental. But it is not every generation that is given the opportunity to shape a new international order. If the opportunity is missed, we shall live in a world of chaos and danger. If it is realized we will have entered an era of peace and progress and justice. But we can realize our hopes only as a united people. Our challengeand its solutionlies in ourselves. Our greatest foreign policy problem is our divisions at home. Our greatest foreign policy need is national cohesion and a return to the awareness that in foreign policy we are all engaged in a common national endeavor.
HENRY A. KISSINGER, secretary of state, speech to Boston World Affairs Council, Boston, Massachusetts, March 11, 1976.Excerpts of official text, The New York Times, March 12, 1976, p. 4.