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