Dean Acheson

(Dean Gooderham Acheson)

Dean Acheson
Dean Acheson
  • Born: April 11, 1893
  • Died: October 12, 1971
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman

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[Describing John F. Kennedy:] He is sort of an Indian snake charmer. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Writing of Harry Truman:] The 1947 assumption of responsibility in the Eastern Mediterranean, the 1948 grandeur of the Marshall Plan, the response to the blockade of Berlin, the NATO defense of Europe in 1949, and the intervention in Korea in 1950—all those constituted expanded action in truly heroic mold. All of them required rare capacity to decide and act. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
… J. Edgar Hoover, whom you should trust as much as you would a rattlesnake with a silencer on its rattle. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. Bureaucracy
About other Democratic candidates: Never say that any of them is not qualified to be President. Never say any of them can't win. Never suggest that any of them is the tool of an group or interest ... Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
American oil operations are, for all practical purposes, instruments of our foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Americans must reconcile themselves to limited objectives and work in congress with others, for an essential part of American power is the ability to evoke support from others---an ability quite as important as the capacity to compel. Negotiating & Negotiations
As long as there is a great disparity of power which makes negotiations seem to be unnecessary to one side, that causes them to believe that they can accomplish their purposes without it. Negotiating & Negotiations
As the CIA is set up neither you, the National Security Council, nor anyone else will be in a position to know what it is doing or control it. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Bipartisanship is “the oil of national government.” Political Parties & Machines
Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role in the world. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed. Miscellaneous
Democracy is only tolerable because no other system is. Democracies & Republics
Foreign policy questions bring trouble to senators and congressmen—rarely benefit. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;States. Nations & Nationhood ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
His essence was force . . . the relish of power, and command. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How can you persuade a paranoid adversary to disarm by example? Arms Race & Disarmament
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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I doubt very much if a man whose major literary interests were in works by Zane Grey ... is particularly well equipped to be chief executive of this country—particularly where Indian affairs are concerned. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I had the gravest forebodings about this organization and warned the President that as set up, neither he, the National Security Council, nor anyone else would be in a position to know what it was doing or control it. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I have a constituency of one. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
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. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I wouldn’t be too serious about bipartisanship. It’s a great myth that ought to be fostered. And don’t bring too damn much scholarship to bear on it. You’ll prove it out of existence if you’re not careful. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It [the Vietnam War] is worse than immoral. It's a mistake. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake.
Leaders are made in the image of the masses. Leaders & Leadership
Mr. [Winston] Churchill has been one of the few—the very few—who have significantly and beneficently affected the course of events … How seldom can this be said of anyone. Miscellaneous
Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree. Negotiating & Negotiations
Never have so few, lost so much, so stupidly, so fast. Miscellaneous
Only slowly did it dawn on us that the whole world structure and order that we had inherited was gone. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
People have opinions but no knowledge. Public Opinion & Polling
Perhaps, Mr. President, it is because you are not a very likable man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Policy bubbles up from the bottom. Decisions are made at the top. Policy & Policy Making
Since world demand [for foreign aid] exceeds are ability to supply, we are going to have to concentrate our emergency assistance in areas where it will be most effective. Foreign Aid
Sometimes it is necessary to make things clearer than the truth. Propaganda & Disinformation
That is what all of us must learn to do in the United States; to limit objectives, to get ourselves away from the absolute, to find out what is within our powers. Management & Managing Government
The Captain with the Mighty heart Nicknames
The future comes one day at a time. Miscellaneous
The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Human Nature
The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The most unlovely political character in our history since Aaron Burr. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
They are two different countries. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
This country will never sacrifice humanity in order to carry out any policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
To afford the President the greatest deference and respect should be a gratification to any citizen. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
To leave positions of great responsibility and authority is to die a little. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Under our Constitution the Congress alone has the power to declare war. War & Peace
Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We in the United States are aware of the vital importance of the struggle in Indochina to the cause of the free world War & Peace
We must make ourselves strong to meet a future which is dark and obscure. Defense & National Security
We want less goddamn analysis and more fighting spirit. Policy & Policy Making
Weak vacillating and tardy Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
What a tiresome creature that man [Charles De Gaulle] is. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
While General MacArthur had many of the attributes of a foreign sovereign ... and was quite as difficult as any, it did not seem wise to recognize him as one. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
With all due respect, Mr. President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff don't know what they're talking about. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You are the President. You tell them to go to hell. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You can't run this damned county any other way ... than to say politics stops at the seaboard. Political Parties & Machines ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You tell the President, and you tell him in precisely these words, that he can take Vietnam and stick it up his ass. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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.
If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies. History ;Freedom & Liberty
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Time ;Future
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.
The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
The greatest mistake I made was not to die in office.
The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.