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

Republics abound in young civilians who believe that the laws make the city, that grave modifications of the policy and modes of living and employments of the population, that commerce, education and religion may be voted in or out; and that any measure, though it were absurd, may be imposed on a people if only you can get sufficient voices to make it a law. But the wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of the citizen; that the form of government which prevails is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it. The law is only a memorandum.
Ralph Waldo Emerson memorandum quote

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

Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.
— Davy Crockett

As to the war with Japan, the President had already received my memorandum in general as to the possibility of getting a substantial unconditional surrender from Japan which I had written before leaving Washington and which he had approved.
— memorandum quotation by Henry L. Stimson