Dean Acheson Quotes

The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president... view

By: Dean Acheson

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies... view

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The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time... view

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The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull... view

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The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem... view

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Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree... view

By: Dean Acheson

The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured... view

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I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office... view

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Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up... view

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The greatest mistake I made was not to die in office... view

By: Dean Acheson

Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree... view

By: Dean Acheson

If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past... view

By: Dean Acheson

I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured... view

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Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role... view

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Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed... view

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Always remember that the future comes one day at a time... view

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A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer... view

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We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation... view

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It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake... view

By: Dean Acheson