The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve.
Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)
Contributed by: Zaady
Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up.
Source: The Wise Men, by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, 1986.
It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake.
Source: Describing the Vietnam war; quoted by Alistair Cooke in his radio program "Letter from America."
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.
Source: On retiring to private life; in Time, 22 December 1952.
The great corrupter of public man is the ego. . . . Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
Source: To Society of American Historians; in Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 1966.
The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
Source: Quoted by Dean Rusk, NBC TV 26 March 69
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
The greatest mistake I made was not to die in office.
Source: After listening to funeral eulogies for his successor John Foster Dulles; News Summaries, 27 Mar 1959.
Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.
Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.
Source: Speech, Independence, Missouri, 31 March 1962.
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