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

— Dean Acheson

The most thrilling Dean Acheson quotes that will transform you to a better person

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.

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

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

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Between 9 and 10 AM the American radio is concerned almost exclusively with love. It seems a little like ending breakfast with a stiff bourbon.

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

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

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The great corrupter of public men is the ego - corrupter because distracter.

Wealth, sensuality, power cannot hold a candle to it. Looking in the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.

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The future comes one day at a time.

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

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I have a curious and apprehensive feeling as I watch JFK that he is sort of an Indian snake charmer.

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You can't argue with a river, it isgoing to flow.

You can dam it up?put it to useful purposes?deflect it, but you can't argue with it.

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The limitations imposed by democratic political practices makes it difficult to conduct our foreign affairs in the national interest.

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The test for aid to poor nations is therefore whether it makes them capable of being productive. If it fails to do so, it is likely to make them even poorer in the - not so very - long run.

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About Dean Acheson

Quotes 47 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

Charm never made a rooster.

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

The attempt to playa separate power rolethat is, a role apart from Europe, based on a special relationship with the United States, on being the head of the Commonwealthis about to be played out. Her Majesty's Government is now attempting, wisely in my opinion, to re-enter Europe.

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The trouble with a free market economy is that it requires so many policemen to make it work.

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How could the USA champion individual freedom in the world generally while denying it to an important minority in its own country.

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I doubt very much if a man whose main literary interests were in works by Mr.

Zane Grey, admirable as they may be, is particularly equipped to be the chief executive of this country, particularly where Indian Affairs are concerned.

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The future comes one day at a time [so don't fear and try to solve all the worries and problems of the future today].

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

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Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft.

When a bullet passes through, it closes up.

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

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Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.

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

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The great corrupter of public man is the ego.

...Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.

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

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The great corrupter of public man is the ego.

Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.

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

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

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No man comes out of his own memorandum of conversation looking second best.

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

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To leave positions of great responsibility and authority is to die a little, but the time comes when that must be faced.

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The Iraqi is really not whacky toady, perhaps, even tacky.

When they gave him the word, he gave us the bird and joined with the Arabs, by cracky!

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

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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.

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The defensive perimeter [of the United States in East Asia] runs along the Aleutians to Japan and then goes to the Ryukyus.

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

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

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I have almost invariably found that charm is used as a substitute for intelligence in persons of both sexes. Thus, I have always been and will remain wary of it.

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Vietnam was worse than immoral - it was a mistake.

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I think Churchill is right, the only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better, and therefore he used to say, Tyranny tempered by assassination, but lots of assassination. People say, If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better. I say the Congress is too damn representative. It's just as stupid as the people are; just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish.

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You see, you all start with the premise that democracy is some good.

I don't think it's worth a damn. I think Churchill is right, the only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better, and therefore he used to say, Tyranny tempered by assassination, but lots of assassination. People say, If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better. I say the Congress is too damn representative. It's just as stupid as the people are; just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish. You know the Congress is a perfect example, and created to be a perfect example.

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Brains are no substitute for judgement.

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With a nation, as with a boxer, one of the greatest assurances of safety is to add reach to power.

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Greatness is a quality of character and is not the result of circumstances.

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[President Truman] was free of the greatest vice in a leader, his ego never came between him and his job.

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Americans assume Canada to be bestowed as a right and accept this bounty, as they do air, without thought or appreciation.

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