Dean Acheson

1893 - 1971

A Quote by Dean Acheson on presidency, relationships, and understanding

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

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: Quoted by Dean Rusk, NBC TV 26 March 69

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A Quote by Dean Acheson

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

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on achievement

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on military

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

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: The Wise Men, by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, 1986.

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on mistakes

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

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: Describing the Vietnam war; quoted by Alistair Cooke in his radio program "Letter from America."

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A Quote by Dean Acheson

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.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: On retiring to private life; in Time, 22 December 1952.

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on egotism and problems

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

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: To Society of American Historians; in Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 1966.

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on advertising, business, habits, and time

Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on acceptance and controversy

Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: Speech, Independence, Missouri, 31 March 1962.

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on day, future, and time

Perhaps the best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

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