John Foster Dulles

John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles
  • Born: February 25, 1888
  • Died: May 24, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

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John Foster Dulles was an American diplomat. A Republican, he served as United States Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world.

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Winston Churchill [John] Foster Dulles is the only case I know of a bull who carries his china shop with him.
Winston Churchill that slab-faced bastard.
Lyndon B. Johnson They have the Republican Party of President Eisenhower. They have the Republican Party of Senator Taft. They have the Republican Party of Senator Morse. And somewhere—way out behind the Chicago Tribune tower is—the Republican Party of Senator McCarthy with one foot heavy in Greece and the other foot in Secretary Dulles' security files. It makes bipartisanship right difficult. We Democrats need to know which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan with; and which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan against.
Eleanor Roosevelt . . . you will be amused that when Mr. Dulles said goodbye to me this morning he said 'I feel I must tell you that when you were appointed I thought it terrible & now I think your work here has been fine!' So - against the odds the women inch forward, but I'm rather old to be carrying on the fight . . . .
J. William Fulbright Is the government well served when a Secretary of State misleads public opinion, confuses it, feeds it pap, tells it that ... Soviet triumphs are really defeats, and Western defeats are really triumphs?
Stephen Kinzer With a glance, a nod, and a few words, without consulting anyone other than the President, the brothers could mobilize the full power of the United States anywhere in the world.
Stephen Kinzer Their determination to project power was the same impulse that pushed settlers across prairies and over mountains, wrested rich territories from Mexico, crushed Native American resistance, and drew the United States into wars from Central America to Siberia. It remains potent.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Like all peoples, Russian millions share our longing for a friendly and peaceful world.
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... that shirt salesman from Kansas City. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Addressing the Korean parliament:] You are not alone. You will never be alone as long as you continue to play worthily your part in the great design of human freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Am deeply disappointed. Your campaign had dignity and elevation and was in the best American tradition. I am rather frightened by the influences which prevented it from succeeding. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Foreign Aid is like opium. There are withdrawal pains if you remove it. Foreign Aid
I don't put any dates on these things. I don't say what is going to happen in one year, five years, ten years, but I am confident that the trend toward freedom in the Communist world is a basic truth. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If you are scared to go the brink, you are lost. Negotiating & Negotiations
Jesus teaches us that nothing is unforgivable. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Local defenses must be reinforced by the further deterrent of massive retaliatory power. Defense & National Security
Mrs. Roosevelt is more subversive and dangerous than Moscow. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies Defense & National Security
Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One of the great advances of our time is the recognition that one of the ways to prevent war is to deter it by having the will and the capacity to use force to punish the aggressor. War & Peace
Peace will never be won if men reserve for war their greatest efforts. War & Peace
Resistance to Communism needs popular support. Miscellaneous
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is a necessary art …. If you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The policy of the United States does not flow from transitory considerations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good. United Nations
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
There isn't any rule in diplomacy that can't be broken.... There are times when diplomatic principles should be violated, but when you violate them you ought to know you're violating them. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are pursuing what I trust is a correct course from the point of international law, and we are not intervening in the internal affairs of this country … Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are pursuing what I trust is a correct course from the point of international law. And we are not intervening in the internal affairs of this country… Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Well Mr. President, it isn’t quite as simple as that. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Yes, once—many, many years ago. I thought I had made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I ha been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong. Human Nature
You see before you the former future Secretary of State. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You should not expect to find a big U. S. market for your goods because Japan does not make the things Americans want. Business, Commerce & Finance
A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail. Life
I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go out and riot occasionally. History
Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace, let us mobilize the potentialities, particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities, which we usually reserve for war. War & Peace
Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence. Government
Once - many, many years ago - I thought I made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought that I was wrong.
Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. War & Peace ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. Success
There are plenty of problems in the world, many of them interconnected. But there is no problem which compares with this central, universal problem of saving the human race from extinction.
We walked to the brink and we looked it in the face.