Henry L. Stimson

(Henry Lewis Stimson)

Henry L. Stimson
Henry L. Stimson
  • Born: September 21, 1867
  • Died: October 20, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman









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…another one of a sequence of quite disingenuous if not mendacious red herrings which the Foreign Office has drawn across the trail of history… Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
…I am getting very tired of being reassured one thing by the Japanese Foreign Office and then having the army go ahead and do the opposite. Diplomacy & Diplomats
…if I should once permit such political considerations to interfere with the administration of justice in this office, where could I stop? If I should once begin to allow my official conduct to be swayed by considerations such as those, I feel it would end by eventually leading me wholly astray. Management & Managing Government
…in a crisis of confidence and credit, psychology is the big factor. Human Nature
…one of the best ways to preserve the peace was through continuing conversations between responsible officials in different countries. War & Peace
…society in a modern democracy will not permit unregulated control over production and sale of its necessities. Business, Commerce & Finance
…the bad judgment which is going on in the campaign is beyond all words, but the people of the country are in a humor where they don’t want to hear any reason…They want a change, and I think they are going to get it… War & Peace
…the new front of great corporate transgression. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
…the situation is in the hands of virtually mad dogs. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A land route to Alaska is imperative for the national defense. Transportation
Big bomb dropped on Hiroshima 5 August at 7:15 PM Washington time. First reports indicate complete success which was even more conspicuous than earlier test. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
For the remote contingency by which a national army must be always judged, namely, the contingency of war with a first class power, the Army is practically unprepared. Military & Veterans
Gentlemen don't read each other's mail. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
He [General George Marshall] brought up the event that we were likely to be attacked perhaps (as soon as) next Monday, for the Japanese are notorious for making an attack without warning, and the question was what we would do. The question was how we should maneuver them in to the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition. War & Peace
His personality is so unpleasant and has affronted all the men of the Army and Navy with whom he has had to work that it is difficult to get combined assent on the proposition Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am concerned about the area bombing in Japan for two reasons: First, because I do not want to have the United States get the reputation for outdoing Hitler in atrocities; and second, I was a little fearful that before we could get ready, the Air Force might have Japan so thoroughly bombed out that the new weapon (the atom bomb) would not have a fair background to show its strength. War & Peace
I can’t talk about myself that way. Whatever I did before was just in line with my work. I can’t be saying I, I, I all the time. Public Relations & Image
I do not regard the atomic bomb as a new weapon merely, but as a revolutionary change in the relations of man in the universe. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I have done so many things and the pressure is so great. I am sure I have been a good deal dehumanized. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I would regard it as a great misfortune to run for Mayor and still more to be elected. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
It is apparent that the Japanese military have initiated a widely extended movement of aggression only after careful preparation with a strategic goal in mind Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
One is treading on very delicate ground when you have to consider the public opinion in China, Japan, the League of Geneva, and at home. It is pretty hard to avoid using a word which may arouse unintended repercussions in one or the other of those half a dozen localities Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Other nations would follow Japan's example unless the Nationalist government changed the picture of various Chinese factions cutting each other's throats and tearing each other to pieces... War & Peace
People now do not want a constitution framed for them by their representatives—they want to pass on each section of it themselves. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Steam and the telegraph and other machinery have required capital greater than any individual can furnish. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The industrial revolution has made necessary changes in the methods and distribution of the profits of production; it is my bottommost faith that it has not made necessary changes in our old theories of individual rights against government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The peace treaties of…Western nations…no more fit the Asian governments than a stove pipe hat would fit an African savage. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The President wants a warning message sent to the Philippines! War & Peace
There are higher things than mere professional success as a lawyer, and one of them is usefulness in a situation like that of New York, the great National problem of America. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
There will be pestilence and famine in Central Europe next winter. This is likely to be followed by political revolution and Communist infiltration. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
War is declared against Japan, German and Italy. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When America rejected the League, she had deliberately chosen to rest solely upon treaties with the sanction of public opinion alone… United Nations
Within 4 months, we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history; one bomb which will destroy a whole city Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
You are advised that it has been determined necessary for the interest of the United States in the prosecution of the war that the property of Los Alamos Ranch School by acquired for military purposes. War & Peace
After I had gone through this matter with the President I told him of my condition of health and that my doctors felt that I must take a complete rest and that I thought that that meant leaving the Department finally in a short time. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. War & Peace
But I think the bomb instead constitutes merely a first step in a new control by man over the forces of nature too revolutionary and dangerous to fit into old concepts. Nature
I do not see how the Japanese can hold out against this united front.
I think it is very important that I should have a talk with you as soon as possible on a highly secret matter. I mentioned it to you shortly after you took office but have not urged it since on account of the pressure you have been under.
I told him that my own opinion was that the time now and the method now to deal with Russia was to keep our mouths shut and let our actions speak for words. Time
I told him there was one city that they must not bomb without my permission and that was Kyoto.
It seems as if everybody in the country was getting impatient to get his or her particular soldier out of the Army and to upset the carefully arranged system of points for retirement which we had arranged with the approval of the Army itself.
Now the thing is not to get into unnecessary quarrels by talking too much and not to indicate any weakness by talking too much; let our actions speak for themselves.
Over any such tangled wave of problems the S-1 secret would be dominant and yet we will not know until after that time probably, until after that meeting, whether this is a weapon in our hands or not. Time
Russia will occupy most of the good food lands of central Europe while we have the industrial portions. We must find some way of persuading Russia to play ball. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
The bomb and the entrance of the Russians into the war will certainly have an effect on hastening the victory. War & Peace
The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him. Life ;Trust
The Japanese campaign involves therefore two great uncertainties; first, whether Russia will come in though we think that will be all right; and second, when and how S-1 will resolve itself.
The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. Trust
The President so far has struck me as a man who is trying hard to keep his balance. He certainly has been very receptive to all my efforts in these directions.
There has been growing quite a strain of irritating feeling between our government and the Russians and it seems to me that it is a time for me to use all the restraint I can on these other people who have been apparently getting a little more irritated. Time ;Government
We debated long over the situation for it is a very difficult question and all of us recognize its difficulty.
We had news this morning of another successful atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki. These two heavy blows have fallen in quick succession upon the Japanese and there will be quite a little space before we intend to drop another. Morning
We think it will be shortly afterwards, but it seems a terrible thing to gamble with such big stakes in diplomacy without having your master card in your hand.