George P. Shultz

(George Pratt Shultz)

George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz
  • Born: December 13, 1920
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









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Beyond going around doing things as Secretary of State, you have to recognize that you had managerial responsibilities. Management & Managing Government
Change is the raw material of history. History ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I think our Cuban policy is insane…. I guess it’s the politics of Florida. The Cold War is long since over. Our embargo just lets Castro blame his troubles on us.. Just lift the embargo and let people do as they wish. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If you go into a country, then you’re going to have to do something about it, and that is hard–harder than invading. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
In this day and age, a big economy – a modern economy – just cannot be managed from the top. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Never point a rifle at anyone unless you’re willing to pull the trigger. If we say something is unacceptable to us, that means we can never accept it. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Nixon railed against the CIA and their lousy intelligence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
One of the reasons that change takes place is that the people who produce it believe change can take place. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The changes taking place in the age structure of the countries around the world are stunning. Miscellaneous
The CIA and Bill Casey were about as independent and a hog on ice and could be as confident as they were wrong. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The CIA and Bill Casey were as independent as a hog on ice and could be as independent as they were wrong Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The CIA’s intelligence was in many cases simply Bill Casey’s ideology. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The country that spends the most per GDP on research and development is Israel. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We must not only preach the doctrine of human rights, we must learn how actually to be our brother’s keeper. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Women are a great civilizing force in any society and when they are repressed things don’t work very well. Minorities & Women
Between 1980 and 1990, the number of countries that were classified as 'free' or 'mostly free' increased by about 50%.
I don't know how you define 'neoconservatism,' but I think it's associated with trying to spread open political systems and democracy.
I learned in business that you had to be very careful when you told somebody that's working for you to do something, because the chances were very high he'd do it. In government, you don't have to worry about that. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I think the idea that you would do everything you can to prevent what is coming at you by way of something very disruptive - a 9/11 - it's a no-brainer.
I want my grandchildren to be proud of me. That's the main thing.
If you ask me what am I, I might say 'I am a Californian,' and if George Bush were here, he would say 'I am a Texan.'
Increasingly, the state system has been eroding. Terrorists have exploited this weakness by burrowing into the state system in order to attack it.
It was an attempt to stick the Congress's finger in King Hussein's eye.
I've always tried to live in the future and think about things and how to make things better. If you have great-grandchildren around, and their pictures are looking at you, well, that's the future. Future
My experience is that if the military didn't want to use force and was confronted with a president that did, the military would come back with what I would call the 'bomb Moscow' scenario. They would say it had to be done with conditions that were so extreme, you obviously wouldn't do it.
Nothing ever gets settled in this town. a seething debating society in which the debate never stops, in which people never give up, including me. And so that's the atmosphere in which you administer. Society
Obama seems to want to do something to damage rich people.
Oh, you know. I am secretary of state. My trips aren't successful. I just talk to people.
Open political and economic systems have been gaining ground and there's a good reason for it. They work better. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Strong growth means increased use of energy at a pace that can strain the capacity to supply what is needed at a reasonable price.
Terrorism is not a matter that can be left to law enforcement, with its deliberative process, built-in delays, and safeguards that may let the prisoner go free on procedural grounds.
The 1986 tax act is sort of the unsung hero of the very good economic times we had for a long time. Of course, politics gums it all up again and preferences get put in. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The armed forces are paying a lot more attention to the use of energy. The Air Force has realized that the paint on planes is heavy, so there are going to be a lot more silver planes, or planes painted in a less heavy way, so that you are using less fuel to get from point A to point B.
The civilized world has a common stake in defeating the terrorists.
The higher the classification of secrecy, the quicker you will report it.
The source of all the energy is the sun. The big challenge is, how do you use all of that energy? Solar power has to fascinate you. There have been strides to get the costs down, and if this will work, you have to get costs down so it is competitive with fossil fuels. Power ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no prospect that the United States will say to Israel, 'You do such and such and we'll not support you in your security.'
We have struggled with terrorism for a long time. In the Reagan administration, I was a hawk on the subject. I said terrorism is a big problem, a different problem, and we have to take forceful action against it. Fortunately, Ronald Reagan agreed with me, but not many others did. Time
What we want is scientists who don't become part of the policy discussion: All they do is produce science. If someone becomes an advocate, then I won't pay as much attention to their science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You don't get gushers of revenue by raising tax rates. You get it through expansion.
You've got to dream a little bit if you're going to get somewhere.