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.
Great Britain has lost an Empire and has not yet found a role.
Source: Speech, Military Academy, West Point, 5 December 1962.
The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
Source: Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman.
Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
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